There is no place on the face of this earth where the soul of man has not been impacted, nor penetrated by the shadows of slavery and discrimination.
When I was asked to write the foreword for this literary work, I was touched to be given such an opportunity. But when reading this honest, passionate account of a people’s journey, I was deeply reminded of what it meant to have unwavering faith – faith in God.
Arlene Angwin’s Mighty Oaks, is a deliberate flow of graceful imagery. I felt myself take this journey into freedom with a people I could only identify with through historical, generational, and geographical accounts.
A journey brilliantly penned, with an inkwell filled with the responsibility of unmasking courage, faith and trust – shares the exodus of a people who feared the Lord and believed their deliverance to be true, by the hand of God, using Godly men to bring deliverance out of oppression into a “promised land”, Sierra Leone.
Mighty Oaks reveals a captivating, honest history that exposes a people’s resilience and reliance on God – both white and black men bound in solidarity of “the faith”. As I continued to read, I began to reflect on the lives of my people, the Geechee/Gullah people. They had been abducted from Sierra Leone during the slave trading time. I am proud of how we have maintained our rich culture and unique language to survive and thrive in a little paradise known as Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
As a young girl, I met a woman named Marquetta Goodwine, also known as "Queen Quett". From her, I learned the history of the Gullah/Geechee people. Later, I purchased her book, Gullah/Geechee: The Survival of Africa's Seed in the Winds of the Diaspara, Vol 1.
On introduction page ii, Goodwine describes peoples stolen from the lands of Angola, but especially from Sierra Leone. Those unfortunates were brought to "Chicora" — the Carolinas, Beaufort County Islands! These seeds of Afrikan descents were scattered along the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida on isolated islands offshore. She also mentioned those captured from Ghana, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast.
I have traced my family's history to the 1800s on Hilton Head Island, and continue to research my roots.
I highly commend Arlene Angwin for this vital contribution to American history. My sincerest hope is for millions to ascertain the intrinsic value of reading this gem.
Truly man shall not live by bread alone, but be led by the Spirit into all that creation has in store for them.
Latesia M. Brinson
6th Generation Geechee/Gullah Native Islander, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Bachelor of Science, Biology
South Carolina State University 1999
Masters of Arts in Education, Secondary Teacher Education
As an African-American Director and Producer of documentary films, I have a passion for studying history because it holds the keys to unlocking a better future. So, when Arlene asked me to read Mighty Oaks, I became very excited. As I began reading, I was drawn into the intriguing life of David George, a prolific historical figure whose story has not been broadly told. With poetic grace and dignity, Arlene brings to life David’s hope and trust in God as he draws on his faith to survive slavery, war, religious persecution, deadly disease, and many other issues. David George’s steadfast faith truly is a testament to the power of God working through the least likely person to transform the lives of many other people. I truly believe this work of creative nonfiction holds some historical keys that can unlock a better future for us all.
Dr. Miller Bargeron, Jr.
Director & Producer
We Came To Conquer Entertainment, LLC
Nearly 300 years ago, landed aristocrats, Native Americans, passionate evangelists and liberated slaves converged on the settlement of Savannah. Through their unique roles, these exceptional individuals forged Georgia's spiritual heritage that exists to this very day.