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NOVA’s Medical Education Campus to host author Alphonso Brown for Black History Month Celebration

In honor of Black History Month, the Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will explore the Gullah culture of South Carolina with Alphonso Brown, author of the best-selling book, “A Gullah Guide to Charleston.” The Gullah are the descendants of enslaved Africans who lived in the Low country regions of Georgia and South Carolina. Brown will present the origin of the Gullah dialect as an English-based, creolized language that naturally evolved from the unique circumstances of African-American culture in South Carolina and Georgia.            

NOVA’s Medical Education Campus, Foley Forum (First Floor)

6699 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield VA 22150
Free Parking is available on the 1st level of the parking garage in spaces marked Visitor.

Feb. 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Brown is a licensed tour guide for the City of Charleston and owner of Gullah Tours. He is the author of The History Press best seller, “A Gullah to Guide Charleston,” and a lecturer on the Gullah language and Black History of Charleston. As a retired band director from the Charleston County School District, Brown’s Gullah Tours were featured in several nationally- recognized magazines including Southern Living, Reader’s Digest and Charleston Magazine.


Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.