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Voorhees University hosts Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theater

Denmark, S.C. – Anita Singleton-Prather, better known as “Aunt Pearlie Sue,” brought a touch of Gullah Geechee to Voorhees University when she served as guest speaker for the University’s Lyceum Series on March 23, in Massachusetts Hall. A native of the Sea Islands in Beaufort, South Carolina, she is the founder and executive artistic director of the musical performance group, Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theater.

Labeling herself as the “Keeper of the Culture,” the storyteller continues to provide and avenue of expression for the African race, especially young adults. “You were created with greatness in you. You’re not going to be great; you already are. I don’t care how hard you try to live beneath your potential, it does not lessen the greatness already in you.,” she encouraged the audience.

Prather is the writer and co-producer of “Tales from the Land of Gullah” and “Circle Unbroken: Gullah Journey from Africa to America.” Broadcasted nationwide on the PBS network, the award winning creative was later able to produce a multitude of other plays. She partnered with South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) to create an award-winning interactive children’s website, featuring her animated character, Aunt Pearlie Sue.

One of the highlights on her journey thus far was being featured on CNN’s “United Shades of America” and the “Cooking Channel” for sharing Gullah Recipes. Mrs. Prather holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Howard University, a master’s from the University of South Carolina and continues her doctoral research in educational administration and curriculum design.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.


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