Black Land Matters

A Gullah-Geechee Field Study

Program Includes:

Cultural Immersion with excursions exploring history, land ownership, architecture, agriculture, ecology, urban and rural family life, and education of African-Americans and Gullah in the Lowcountry from slavery to present day.

Professional Development

  • An e-learning component prior to travel with short readings, videos, and reflective assignments to prepare teachers before travel.
  • Hands-on action planning and social action workshops.
  • An ongoing community of support from Nobis Project and the cohort as teachers lead and document service-learning projects in their classrooms.
  • Professional development certificate available.

Note that a vaccination is necessary for participation.


Duration: 3 days
Dates: Oct 22-24, 2021
Cost: $450
Registration Deadline: Open Until Filled

During this three-day program, explore the historical systems and contemporary policies that impact Black land ownership with a specific focus on the Gullah-Geechee descendants of Sapelo Island and Savannah, Georgia. The Gullah-Geechee people are descendants of formerly enslaved people from the West Coast of Africa, captured because of their agricultural knowledge of rice. Their culture is distinctive and found only in the Lowcountry of the Southeast.

Through cultural immersion, learn how different communities and heritage organizations have worked to preserve Black land ownership in the Lowcountry, historically and today. Focusing on the themes of race, slavery, and Black land ownership, this program considers the impact of Field Order 15 (40 acres and a mule), reparations, banking inequity, gentrification, redlining, and heirs property law on the development of community values and culture by looking at two different experiences: the urban environment of Savannah and the rural Gullah-Geechee culture on Sapelo Island. 

 During this program learn how to establish reciprocal partnerships with similar organizations back in your home community for future collaboration within the classroom. Receive a professional development certificate for training in creating a culturally responsive classroom, and using the Nobis Global Action Method to guide students in completing culturally focused service-learning projects

“This is a great opportunity to work in collaboration with a diverse group of teachers to create civic engagement lessons and/or service learning projects that will empower students. It is an experience that will keep challenging you to make change no matter how much time has passed.”

Cindy Reyes

2nd grade teacher, San Antonio, TX


Important Dates

October 22-24, 2021 Black Land Matters Field Study

September 15, 2021 Full Payment & Supplemental Forms Due for Fall Program

Mail completed forms & checks to:

Nobis Project, Inc.
PO Box 9304
Savannah, Ga. 31412

For Questions Please Contact

Christen Clougherty at 912.403.4113 or