by Susan Cohen
Twenty years ago, Julie Dash came to St. Helena Island on the heels of Hurricane Hugo to film her independent movie, Daughters of the Dust. As she told her story of the Peazant family on the eve of their move up North, she became the first female African-American filmmaker with a movie in wide release. To celebrate the anniversary, the Charleston County Library gave away copies of Dash's sequel novel, and the Avery Research Center hosted a two-day symposium, which culminated with an outdoor screening at Hampton Park with Gullah storytelling, performances by Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers, and an appearance by artist Jonathan Green. Dash came to Charleston to participate in the event on Sept. 17, the day that was ultimately declared Julie Dash Day.
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