Growing up on Edisto Island under the loving care of my grandmother, affectionately called “Mama Doonk”, helped to shaped the person I am and the author, storyteller, tour guide and retired civil servant that I would become. After later moving to Maryville/Ashleyville and graduating from Wallace High School, I went on to earn a B.S. Degree from Southern Illinois University. My husband, Franklin and I, raised a family of three children and ten grandchildren, whom we adore. My passion for cooking is evident in the delicious meals I prepare for loved ones, and I use this love for food as a foundation for my Gullah history lectures and storytelling. I have received numerous accolades, including being a recipient of President Obama’s Drum Major for Volunteer Award and a MOJA Festival Honoree. My work has been featured in National Geographic, Essence, Garden & Gun, and many other publications, and I have appeared on Fox News and other television shows. I sing with the Charleston Gospel Choir and is a City of Charleston Certified Tour Guide, Historian, and an Artist in Residence. Above all, I treasure sharing my rich Gullah Heritage with others and spreading awareness of its importance.
Mama Doonk's Gullah
A TOUCH OF GULLAH FOR EVERYONE
Mama Doonk's Gullah is the culmination of over 4 generations of Gullah family recipes, stories and history. Through our books and products we want to share the culture of a forgotten people with rich history and a story to tell. Each and every product we offer carries some specific significance within the Gullah culture and African-American history. We hope that you enjoy our offerings and learn something new about us and our ancestors.