De Gullah/Geechee Paat ta Freedum Tour
Thats What's Inside Will Always Rise
Triangle Bikeworks and the BRAG Dream Team youth are combining forces again! After a very successful tour linking the NPS' Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site with Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC by bicycle the youth will saddle up on July 11th to ride through a region which is home to one of America's most unique cultures. A culture whose tradition was first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendants.
This time they'll be visiting an historic culture recognized by the United Nations when they embark upon a southeast journey from North Carolina to Florida. The youth will cycle 550 miles as they take the East Coast Greenway through the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.
Designated by Congress in 2006, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends from Wilmington, North Carolina in the north to Jacksonville, Florida in the south. People who identify as Gullah or Geechee represent the many ways that Africans in the Americas have held on to and amalgamated the traditions of Africa with the cultures they encountered both during and after enslavement. Read More>>>
During the daily treks, the team will cycle 40 – 70 miles per day and visit colleges, National Park Service sites and Gullah Geechee landmarks such as the Penn Center in S.C., a historic educational institution, and the Armstrong community in Florida, a hamlet that has developed a reputation for hosting cycling events.
Tucked in the heart of the South Carolina Sea Islands surrounded by glimmering marshes and nestled beneath the silvery moss-draped limbs of massive live oaks, is Penn Center - the site of the former Penn School, one of the country's first schools for previously enslaved Americans. It is one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. Read More>>>
The youth will visit the Town of Mitchelville and will be educated about the sacrifice, resilience and perseverance of the brave, self-emancipated freedmen and freedwomen who built, inhabited, and governed this American "experiment in freedom" on Hilton Head Island before the Civil War was won. Read More>>>
The Gullah Geechee Youth Bike Tour is being supported by the East Coast Greenway Allianace, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission and the National Park Service.
The Spoke'n Revolutions and BRAG Dream Team youth need your help in making this tour the successful event it should be. Please consider making a donation now to support them. Remember, every dollar helps them pedal further.