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    “Drylongso” Genealogy Folk Gathering

    Saturday September 21 11 AM

    “Drylongso” is a term popularized by African American anthropologist John Langston Gwaltney. It means the everyday, average life experience of African American men and women. The Genealogy Resource Support Center (GRSC) at the Beach Institute invites you to come to this special gathering and share your family stories.

    My mother, pictured here in the 1920s with her box of animal crackers, transitioned in 2014 in Savannah. She was only in Savannah for the last year of her life. Can you imagine the challenges of telling her story? Her story is one of the “Drylongso.” Working with the newly forming GRSC, I’ve come to understand the importance of finishing the work she started on her family tree and sharing her journey. The first-year goal of the GRSC is to collect the family stories like mine and yours that will broaden our understanding of the Black family search for home across the Atlantic world, beginning right here in Savannah.


    Share your research or learn about managing your genealogy projects. This Genealogy Folk Gathering promises to be a fun-filled day for all. Free and open to the public.


    Investment provided by the City of Savannah


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    Lecture and Learning Series Presents

    Strategies of Success: African-American Students’ Perspectives On Increasing Retention and Graduation Rates At Predominantly White Colleges and Universities

    Dr. Alicia Brunson, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgia Southern University (Armstrong Campus) will discuss the experiences of Black students at predominantly White institutions of higher education in the South. Drawing on extensive research, Dr. Brunson will outline common obstacles leading to attrition and lower graduation rates, and discuss counter-strategies derived from students themselves that portend greater success if supported by the host institution. Rather than a deficit model, focused on what led to undesired results, Dr. Brunson uses a persistence model to bring to light what has worked. Her efforts expand current research about Black student persistence at predominately White institutions of higher education.


    The lecture format will consist of one hour of lecture followed by 30 minutes of comment, question, and answer from the audience. Admission is free to the general public.

    Investment provided by the City of Savannah


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    The Beach Institute Film Series

    Slavery by Another Name

    The Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center presents “Slavery by Another Name,” a documentary which challenges the belief that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. Based upon the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas A. Blackmon, the story covers the mass incarceration and forced labor systematically imposed on African-Americans from the end of the Civil War through the start of WWII.

    The film is approximately 90 minutes in length and will be followed by audience discussion. Admission is free to the general public.


    Thursday, August 22, 2019, 6 PM


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    Beach Institute Film Series

    Tell Them We Are Rising, The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

    The Beach Institute welcomes you to join us for a free screening of “Tell Them We Are Rising, The Story of Black Colleges and Universities”. This documentary by Stanley Nelson, of Black Panthers and Freedom Riders fame and Marco Williams, tells the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCU’s. Richard R. Wright, the first president of Savannah State University, is prominently featured.


    Join us for this special screening and stay around for a lighthearted community discussion afterward. This event is free and open to the public.


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    The American Judiciary: Matters and Morals

    Wednesday June 26, 6 PM

    The Honorable Tammy Stokes, Chief Judge of the Chatham County Recorder’s Court, will speak on The American Judiciary. One of the three constitutionally-created branches of government, the American Judiciary acts as a check to legislative and executive powers. Its verdicts and opinions significantly affect individual lives and influence American civic culture. The Honorable Judge Tammy Stokes presents selective topics from the Judicial Branch’s long history and offers a fascinating look at the complexities of American jurisprudence. Judge Stokes is Chatham County’s first African-American female judge.


    Investment provided by the City of Savannah

    The Central Park Five

    Thursday June 20th 6 PM

    A documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns. This 2012 film examines the story five African-American and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. A precursor to the current Netflix Series, “When They See Us”, the Burns film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case for the first time from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice. The film is approximately 2 hours in length, followed by audience discussion.


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    The Genealogy Resource Support Center in Partnership with The Beach Institute and the City of Savannah Presents:

    Caring for Family and Ancestor Knowledge Workshop



    Join us for our first genealogy workshop to learn about finding family in the African Diaspora


    Workshop presenters include:

    · Dorothy Tuck, Genealogy Specialist and Celebrated Researcher of Megan Markel Georgia Ancestry, from the Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties-The Brown House, McDonough, GA

    · Amir Jamal Touré, J.D., a professor at Savannah State University (SSU) in the Africana studies program.

    · Sharen Lee, Library Specialist at the Bull Street Library Genealogy Room Savannah, GA

    · Dr. Alena Pirok– Public Historian GSU-Armstrong


    Investment provided by The City of Savannah

    A Celebration of John Singleton

    Boyz N The Hood

    The Beach Institute and Unity in the Community welcome you to join us on Friday, May 31st at 6:30 PM to celebrate famed director John Singleton (January 6, 1968 – April 28, 2019) with a free screening of his best known film “Boyz N The Hood”.

    This groundbreaking film gave a voice to the Black experience in America. Singleton was the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award as Best Director, as well as the youngest nominee at 24. Unfortunately, in April he passed due to complications related to high blood pressure.


    Stay with us after the screening for a conversation about its impact on the African-American community, Mr. Singleton’s legacy, and hypertension.


    Refreshments will be available

    Lecture & Learning Series: African-American Military Service in America: Blood, Sweat , Tears, and Glory

    Wednesday May 22 | 6:00 PM

    Retired US Navy Commander and Military Historian, Greg Black, will survey the storied history of African-Americans in the United States military establishment from the earliest time to the present. African American service members have historically played an important and sometimes pivotal role in the fight for racial justice and equality. Commander Black will highlight those contributions and share opportunities for additional contributions in the present and future.


    Investment provided by the City of Savannah


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    WWII Had More Heroes Than You Know

    Thursday May 16 | 6:00 PM

    The 761st was the first unit to enlist African-American soldiers to operate armored vehicles. What the Tuskegee Airmen were to the skies, the 761st was to land, as they were requested by General George S. Patton to assist with heavy fighting during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. These soldiers fought for 183 consecutive days, in six countries, and with great success despite a fifty-percent casualty rate.


    The 761st Tank Battalion would not receive their due credit until April 20, 1978 when President Carter issued the Presidential Unit Citation to them. It took 52 years before Staff Sergeant Ruben Rivers would be awarded a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor. (January 3, 1997) in a ceremony presided over by President Clinton.


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    Lecture and Learning Series: The Hebrew Origins, History, and Traditions of the Igbo People of Nigeria

    Wednesday April 24| 6:00 PM

    Mr. Alex Ikeogu will discuss the Hebrew Israelite origin, history, and traditions of the Igbo people of western Africa, as well as Igbo perspectives of the transatlantic slave trade.

    Investment provided by the City of Savannah

    Black In America - And Still I Rise

    Thursday April 19 | 6:00 PM

    This film looks at the last five decades of African American history since the major civil rights victories through the eyes of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., exploring the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years. Part 2 of the acclaimed 4 part documentary film series focuses on school desegregation and affirmative action.

    Join us for a special screening of Black in America Since MLK - And Still I Rise and stay around for a lighthearted community discussion afterwards. This event is free and open to the public.

    Seating is limited please reserve a ticket.


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    Brains, Beauty, & Blackness: An Ode to HBCU Dancelines

    Tuesday April 16 | 6:30 PM

    At 6:30pm, the SSU Film Festival celebration begins at The Beach Institute from Brains, Beauty, and Blackness: An Ode to HBCU Dancelines. This documentary, sponsored in part by the National Geographic (NatGeo) Young Explorer Grant, honors the women who were integral to the movement.


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    A Legacy Forgotten

    Blue and Gold Pride

    Wednesday March 27 | 600 PM

    Dr. Bargeron, award-winning documentary film director and producer of "Stubborn As a Mule", and Gator Rivers, world-renowned member of the Harlem Globetrotters (1973-1986) will discuss Dr. Bargeron's film "A Legacy Forgotten: Blue and Gold Pride" which canvasses the history of Savannah's Beach High School from its founding in 1867 and its history-making state championship team of 1967.

    "Stubborn as A Mule!" is an internationally award-winning film that presents an eye-opening depiction of lesser-known historical facts and contemporary commentary regarding the call for reparations for African-Americans. In the process, the film disseminates black history that is not taught in most educational systems.

    This lecture is sponsored by investment from the City of Savannah

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    The Black Panthers

    Vanguard of the Revolution

    Thursday March 21 | 630PM

    This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years.

    This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please reserve a ticket. If you cannot make it, please cancel your ticket to allow others to attend as our screenings fill-up quickly.

    After the screening please join us for a community discussion about the film.


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    Before They Die

    Thu. February 28th | 630pm

    Before They Die: A documentary film chronicling the survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots and their quest for justice

    The Tulsa Race Riot, occurred over 18 hours on May 31-June 1, 1921, a white mob attacked residents, homes and businesses in the predominantly black Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event remains one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history, and one of the least-known: News reports were largely squelched, despite the fact that hundreds of people were killed and thousands left homeless.

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    Lecture & Learning Series: The Revolutionary Impact of Black Filmmakers in the 21st Century

    Wed. February 27th | 6pm

    From documentaries that bring to life the historic records of black history, to epic blockbusters like Black Panther, black filmmakers have changed the industry in monumental ways. Professor Tracy Haynes will take us on a journey of how black filmmakers have impacted the industry in the 21st century. Reserve your free ticket here.
    Investment provided by the City of Savannah

    Everyday Anti-Racism

    Wed. Feb 21st | 6pm

    A Moveable Feast Lecture Series is presented by the College of Arts and Humanities at Georgia Southern University. The February lecture and exhibit: Everyday Anti Racism. Learn more about the lecture here.

    Synopsis: Educational disparities in Savannah, in Georgia, and in the South persist. Media images provide visual evidence of an unjust status quo. The era of segregation in the United States is not over. With this recognition, we must ask ourselves how we can better advocate for racial justice in our society and in our daily lives.

    In Tune: The Ben Tucker Story

    Mon. February 18th | 630pm

    Join us for a special film screening of In Tune: The Ben Tucker Story. This event is open to the public and FREE of charge. Seating it limited so you must register for a ticket. This event is organized by the Friends of Ben Tucker and the Savannah Black Heritage Festival.

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    Super Museum Sunday

    Sun. February 10th | 12pm-3pm

    The Georgia History Festival‘s Super Museum Sunday will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at participating sites throughout Georgia.

    Georgians and visitors alike experience our state’s rich history and cultural life as historic sites, house museums, art museums, and other points of interest in Savannah and throughout Georgia open their doors to the public, providing an exceptional opportunity to experience the history in our own backyard.

    Free and open to the public.

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Mobility Access: All galleries at the Beach Institute are wheelchair accessible. 
Accessible Entrance and Parking: The wheelchair entrance is located in the garden entrance of the Beach Institute from Price Street Lane. There are accessible parking spaces immediately outside the wheelchair entrance located directly behind the museum on the Price Street Lane. An elevator provides access to the upstairs galleries.

Accessible Programs: The museums offer programs by appointment for audiences with special needs. Each year, the museums schedule visits for non-profit organizations serving senior and individuals with disabilities. For more information or to request a visit, please call 912.335.8868 or email kingtisdell@bellsouth.net 

Sketching: Sketching is permitted in the galleries (pencil only, no ink or paint) with sketchbooks no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm). No easels, stools, or sketching while sitting on the floor is permitted. If galleries are crowded, staff may ask visitors to stop sketching or writing.
Photography for Studio Projects or Class Assignments: All Visitors must obtain and signs a onetime image-usage permission form from museum staff.  And visitors must also provide museum staff with official documentation concerning the Studio Project or Class Assignment while visiting the museums. Still photography and video taken from a handheld device are permitted for personal, noncommercial use. The camera must be at least three (3) feet from the work of art. Flash photography, tripods, additional lights and extension cords are not allowed.
Additional Guidelines:
•	No Touching. Visitors must at all times remain at least two feet away from all artworks and must not touch any paintings, sculptures, books, foyer furniture, or displays.
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