2. UPSOUND (ENGLISH) Pastor Kenneth Hodges, Tabernacle Baptist Church:
"Beto, welcome. I'm reverend Kenneth Hodges. Good to have you in the area"
3. Wide of Beaufort sign
4. UPSOUND (ENGLISH) Pastor Kenneth Hodges, Tabernacle Baptist Church:
"Beaufort is so unique in history, not just the city of Beaufort but the entire Gullah community and certainly we are glad that we have you here with us"
5. Various of church
6. UPSOUND (ENGLISH) Pastor Kenneth Hodges, Tabernacle Baptist Church:
"Can you imagine what he said in November of 1895. My race needs no special defense. For the past history of them in this country, prove them to be the equal of any people, anywhere, all they need is an equal chance and the battle of life"
"I was asking you what is it about this community, Beaufort in particular and the Gullah Geechee nation and her citizens in general that has produced some of the heroes that we are here to celebrate today. Women like Harriet Tubman who you were telling me was one of the first, if not the first woman in this country to lead people into battle"
9. various of meeting
10. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Lady Pamela Brandon, Beaufort, South Carolina:
"This is my first time seeing him. I've seen Elizabeth, Corey, Kamala, I know a lot of the candidates, I'm exposed to a lot but we need some new younger blood"
Beto O'Rourke took a path somewhat less traveled on Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina as he strives to make connections with the black voters who will play a dominant role in next year's Southern presidential primaries.
In the community room of a Baptist church in Beaufort, a picturesque historic enclave on the state's southern coast, the Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman met with leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, a culture of coastal slave descendants.
"I respect him for that. A lot of them might brush it off as too small, there's no money there. There again goes his heart, his heart, he came here because he cares. It's not just the bigger environment, the bigger national scene. This is small and he wanted to talk and be in proximity with us at the table and feel we are a part of being at the table," Lady Pamela Brown, who was in attendance, told the Associated Press.
Known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida, the culture is based on farming and fishing and has its own Creole language, history, cooking and crafts, with its communities nestled primarily among a 35-mile cascade of barrier islands. Scholars say separation from the mainland allowed the Gullah to retain much of their African heritage, including a unique dialect and skills such as cast-net fishing and basket weaving.
Addressing questions from 20 Gullah/Geechee representatives on topics including health care, housing affordability and education, O'Rourke also addressed what he identified as his own struggle with not knowing enough about the history of slavery in the United States and its ongoing ramifications.
"I was asking you what is it about this community, Beaufort in particular and the Gullah Geechee nation and her citizens in general that has produced some of the heroes that we are here to celebrate today. Women like Harriet Tubman who you were telling me was one of the first, if not the first woman in this country to lead people into battle," O'Rourke told the room.
O'Rourke has addressed issues concerning white privilege before, telling a crowd at a historically black college in South Carolina earlier this year that he might not know their struggles but wanted to try to help them. In Iowa, he said he didn't think being a white man in a historically diverse field of candidates put him at a disadvantage because his sex and race have given him inherent advantages for years.
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