St. Helena Island native Ron Daise wins 2019 Governor’s Award!

Ron Daise’s outstanding achievement and contributions to the humanities in South Carolina are a true gift to our beloved Lowcountry, State, and Nation!

Mr. Daise is known by many as “Mr. Ron” from “Gullah Gullah Island,” the Nick Jr. TV’s award-winning children’s program of the 1990s. A native of St. Helena Island, SC, he is an author, performing artist, and educator who has shared stories, music, and lectures about Gullah history, culture, and faith across the country. His life’s work is a true gift to South Carolina!

Since 2004, he has served as Vice President for Creative Education at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, and has created and implemented programs, events, and exhibits that showcase the significance of Gullah Geechee heritage, including Gulla Geechee Gaardin

South Carolina Humanities annually presents the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities Luncheon & Award Ceremony to recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the humanities in South Carolina. To learn more please visit

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