LEON J. RELAFORD

Resides in Goldsboro NC with his

bride of 15 years, Antoinette. Parents of six children and five grand children.

US Air Force veteran served in defense our nation for 24 active years. Currently a lawn service engineer in business for 20 years.

An avid sports official for the past 33 years.

Advocation in sports officiating, serving Eastern North Carolina High School Associations the last 22 years. Sports officiated includes: basketball, football, softball, and volleyball, promoting interscholastic competition and fair play and safety of among athletes. 

Have authored book entitled “Money Secrets Unveiled”. The intent of the writing is to promote money management to help family members realize their greatest financial potential.

 

ANTIONETTE RELAFORD

 A resident of the state of North Carolina. Married to Leon Relaford with six children. 
Currently a licensed teacher for the Wayne Public School in Goldsboro North Carolina.

Educational background includes:
A Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. 
A Master’s of Science Degree  in Psychology: Specialization in Child and Adolescent Development. Currently completing Master of School Administration program for  Principalship.

Hobbies includes enjoyment of music as therapy.

Passion leads to encouragement of youth to blossom into successful 21st Century Leaders.

 

SHEIKA S. WALKER

PhD, cultural anthropologist, documentary filmmaker, former university professor, has done fieldwork, lectured, and participated in intellectual and cultural events in most of Africa and the Global African Diaspora. Executive director of Afrodiaspora, Inc, her goal is to share widely her rich experiences of this diaspora.

 

SARA DAISE

As a Cultural History Interpreter and Public Historian, Sara’s work connects past, present, and future in accessible, healing, and liberating ways. Her research and praxis include Gullah Geechee women, Womanism, Black Feminism, Afrofuturism, queerness, sexual freedom, Black affirmations, and the power to imagine and manifest better worlds. 

Sara is the Program Assistant for The Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah Geechee & African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University.
She was one of the 4 original Interpretive Aides at Mcleod Plantation Historic Site in Charleston, SC when it opened to the public in 2014. She is a living historian with the Slave Dwelling Project. She is also a Digital Archivist for Real Black Grandmothers, an online archive centering the stories of Black Grandmothers throughout the diaspora.
 
A native of Beaufort, SC, She earned her B.A. in Communication with a minor in African American Studies from the College of Charleston, and she received her M.A. in Public History from Union Institute & University. Sara is one of the 2018 recipients of the Brian Webb Award for Outstanding MA Thesis in History & Culture.

 

ERIC CRAWFORD

Eric Crawford, Director of the Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies, holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from The Catholic University. Beginning in 2007, he conducted extensive field recordings on Saint Helena Island, site of the historic Port Royal Experiment. In 2013, the Atheneaum Press at Coastal Carolina University published several of his interviews in a CD and accompanying booklet entitled Gullah: The Voice of an Island.

His work on historic Sandy Island led to the 2017 publication At Low Tide: The Voices of Sandy Island. Most recently he appeared in Henry Louis Gates’ upcoming miniseries The Black Church and is music consultant for the upcoming Amazon series The Underground Railroad.

 

LILLIE WEBB

Lillie Webb is an special education teacher in Hancock County GA. She has been an accountant, an insurance agent, and a community activist. Her education includes a BBA in management from GA College, a master's in special education, and a specialist (all but dissertation) in leadership. Her preferred leadership style is servant leadership.

Her accomplishments include establishing The Center for Community Development, a nonprofit, school gardens, and works diligently to rebuild her community through education and agriculture. She has 3 adult children, 5 grand children, and 2 great grands. Lillie's interests include helping people tap into their innate potential through inner exploration using the multiple benefits of gardening. She believes that as spiritual beings having a human experience, we have the responsibility of fulfilling our purpose. Our reason for being comes with the necessary talents, skills, and abilities. She also believes that this group could be a synchronized group, as James Redfield spoke of in The Celestine Prophecy.