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Our Conroy Center’s sixth annual March Forth will be held on Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6. March Forth commemorates the anniversary of Pat Conroy’s passing on March 4, 2016, with programs on major themes of his writing and teaching life, including social justice, inclusivity, conservation, education, and storytelling.

EVENT 1:
Acclaimed Gullah artist Jonathan Green in Conversation with Victoria Smalls, executive director of the Gullah Geechie Cultural Heritage Corridor

WHEN: FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST
WHERE: Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce (711 Bladen St, Beaufort, SC)
REGISTRATION: Eventbrite – Advanced registration required by 2/22/2022. Cost $70.00 + $5.89 fee

Ticketed lunch event: chicken, fish, and vegetarian box lunch options. Limited seating. Masks required during the artists’ conversation. Lunch registration includes an autographed copy of the newly published Gullah Spirit: The Art of Jonathan Green

EVENTS SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce (711 Bladen St, Beaufort, SC)

Acclaimed Gullah artist Jonathan Green in Conversation with Victoria Smalls, executive director of the Gullah Geechie Cultural Heritage Corridor

Ticketed lunch event: chicken, fish, and vegetarian box lunch options. Limited seating. Masks required during the artists’ conversation. Lunch registration includes an autographed copy of the newly published Gullah Spirit: The Art of Jonathan Green

Advance registration for 3/4/22 lunch event required by 2/22/22.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Port Royal Farmers Market (1615 Ribaut Rd, Port Royal, SC)

Teddy Bear Picnic with Beaufort High School’s DAYLO: Diversity Awareness Youth Literacy Organization

FREE read-aloud for K-3rd grade students and their families. Snacks provided. Bring your favorite stuffed animal. Beaufort High students will be reading from a variety of children’s picture books . No registration needed.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Technical College of the Lowcountry, McLean Hall (104 Reynolds St. bldg 12, Beaufort, SC)

FREE author discussions, hosted by DAYLO, with books available for sale and signing through NeverMore Books, featuring:

Rebecca Hall, author of the graphic novel Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts

Len Lawson and Gary Jackson, poets and co-editors of The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry (in conversation with fellow contributing writers to this anthology)

Advance registration for 3/5/22 TCL events required by 3/4/22.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Oyster Factory Park (63 Wharf St., Bluffton, SC)

Paper Bag Princess Day, hosted by the Storybook Shoppe

FREE kid-friendly readings and craft projects inspired by The Paper Bag Princess, written by Robert Munch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko, featuring staff from Bluffton’s children’s bookstore the Storybook Shoppe and local volunteers. Books available for sale.

SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Penn Center (16 Penn Center E., St. Helena Island, SC)

Ticketed nature walk of Penn Center grounds led by naturalists J. Drew Lanham and Janisse Ray, catered box lunch by Debbie Covington, and afternoon author panel discussions, with books available for sale and signing through NeverMore Books, featuring:

J. Drew Lanham, author of Sparrow Envy and The Home Place

Janisse Ray, author of Wild Spectacle and Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

Herb Frazier, historian and co-editor of Ukweli: Searching for Healing Truth (in conversation with contributing writers Elizabeth Robin, Jonathan Haupt, Marjory Wentworth, Yvette R. Murray, and Gloria Holmes)

Advance registration for 3/6/22 Penn Center events required by 2/22/22.

March Forth 2022

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