About the Author
LORENZO DOW TURNER (1895-1972) was a professor of English and linguistics and a pioneer in the study of African contributions to global culture. Among his many achievements, he was the first full-time African American professor at Roosevelt College in Chicago, held a Fulbright lectureship to Nigeria, conducted extensive linguistic fieldwork in African countries, and helped to establish Peace Corps programs in Africa. KATHERINE WYLY MILLE is an independent scholar and 1996 Fulbright professor of sociolinguistics and women's studies in Finland and has done linguistic research on Gullah creole. A native of the South Carolina lowcountry, she now lives in Columbia. MICHAEL B. MONTGOMERY is distinguished professor emeritus of English and linguistics at the University of South Carolina. He is the editor of The Crucible of Carolina: Essays in the Development of Gullah Language and Culture. Montgomery lives in Columbia.