The Gullah StoryTeller

Elder Carolyn “Jabulile” White is a grass-roots,

Gullah storyteller and historian. Born and raised

on the sea islands of Charleston, South Carolina, she learned the art of storytelling from her parents and grandparents. “Jabulile” thought it only natural that she should share these stories not only with the people in her community, but the world. She speaks fluent Gullah, an island dialect, when telling her stories. She tells her stories with humor, giving the audience a true insight and understanding of the customs and culture of the Gullah People.


She loves taking her stories on the road and has traveled throughout the United States and Africa. While visiting South Africa, she was given the Zulu name, “Jabulile” meaning happiness and that’s what she hopes to pass along to others when sharing her stories.