About the Author
Theresa Jenkins Hilliard began learning how to cook when she was “knee-high to a duck”. She has prepared Gullah cuisine for her family and friends for the past sixty years. What began as a scrapbook of recipes for her children culminated into Mama Doonk’s Gullah Recipes, named for her grandmother from whom she learned her cooking skills.
As a native Gullah language speaker, she was featured in the Charleston Magazine, National Geographic Video Magazine and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs National Newsletter on Diversity. She is a recipient of President Obama’s Drum Major for Volunteer Award, a Docent at the Old Slave Mart Museum in Charleston, South Carolina, a Gullah storyteller, lecturer and certified Charleston Tour Guide. She has spoken at museums, schools, city halls and many historical venues. She has traveled to many European cities with the Charleston Gospel Choir. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University and is a retired Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Manager.
Theresa and her husband Franklin are the parents of three children and ten grandchildren.
In The Press
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"The Gullah Geechee people are descendants of West African slaves brought to the coasts of the Carolinas, Georgia, and northern Florida, whose geographic isolation helped them retain a distinct culture and language. In chronicling the injustice her ancestors faced, South Carolina Gullah storyteller Theresa Jenkins Hilliard seeks to make their struggle real and relevant to younger generations."
Video Magazine Nov 24, 2014