Filmmaker Ricky Kelly has put together an outstanding new documentary, “Black Beach/White Beach.” “Black Beach/White Beach” tells the historical journey of the formation of the “Black Pearl” of the Gullah/Geechee Nation during segregation and leads you up to the on-going battle to rebuild the town and its reputation.
The “Black Pearl” is the historic Atlantic Beach Township which is north of Myrtle Beach. Although Atlantic Beach did not receive incorporation from the state of South Carolina until 1966, Gullah/Geechees owned the land on the Atlantic Ocean prior to that and started to use it as a gathering place in 1934. They opened motels, restaurants, and night clubs and by 1936 pleasure boats were anchoring at the township where Black folks could come and enjoy themselves.
by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) In 2005, after a year of planning the inaugural “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” on my home island of St. Helena, I could not believe that I was hearing predictions of a hurricane that might make its way up our coast that same weekend. …