SoulOfAmerica Showcases the Gullah Islands and their African Heritage — Experience the Sites, Sounds and Tastes of Africa without Leaving the States

Torrance, CA (PRWEB) June 16, 2005 announces a guide to the historically significant Gullah Islands in South Carolina. Once home to African slaves, this Atlantic coastal region still brims with the culture of the Motherland. The Gullah area consists of more than a dozen islands in addition to sections of coastal plains in the Carolinas.

The online destination guide, at [ , explores Gullah culture in towns such as Beaufort, St. Helena Island, Bluffton, Hampton, Hilton Head Island, Daufauskie Island and Georgetown. Find out where to savor food laced with the spicy flavors of Africa, witness weavers transforming sweetgrass into exquisite baskets, admire quilters using a “long-strip” technique to create masterpieces of fabric art and hear storytellers bringing Gullah’s history to life. Visit and learn about “Praise Houses,” small sacred buildings in which slaves worshiped and conducted ancestral ceremonies.

“This region is a true national treasure, especially for African Americans,” said Thomas Dorsey, publisher of “Nowhere else within the United States can you immerse yourself in such authentic and rich African culture and history. The Gullah Islands enable us to experience the triumphs and challenges of those who came before us.”

The guide provides a history of the Gullah people and their language, the latter being a combination of many African dialects, and information about the area’s lively heritage festivals. Also included are historical sites, art galleries, museums, churches and music venues that pulsate with the rhythms of Africa.

First publishing to travelers in 1994, provides extensive destination guides and photographs of such subjects as Family Travel, Cruises, Spas, Holiday Travel, Black History Month and International Destinations, including Paris and the Caribbean. Black travel experts are also available for interviews and for referrals to other black travel resources. “” is the DBA name and “Soul Of America” is a trademark of Soul Of America Travel, Inc.

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Church Referral Network Showcases Churches to Seekers

Glendale, Arizona (PRWEB) June 3, 2006, the internet’s largest church referral network, is thanking its supporters with an exceptional offer that will benefit both those using the referral service to search for a home church and churches looking to grow their membership.

Churchshopper’s owner, Chad Olson explains: “We launched our service 2 months ago and although, we currently have over 103,000 churches listed in our network, the majority of these church listings contain basic information only. It is our goal and mission to provide detailed information to those families searching for the right home church, thus helping them narrow down their search to a few churches who will best suit their needs and spiritual compatibilities. We can only do that when churches have detailed profiles listed.”

The premier church referral service is so adamant about living up to its promise to those looking for a home church, they are willing to offer churches an annual premium membership free if they create their profiles during the month of June.

Church profiles include basic contact information (including link to church’s website), listing of individual services (including music and preaching style, childcare offered and typical attire worn), ministries offered and multimedia features (photo images, audio and video files)and much more. Churches can build their profiles online or over the phone with a Churchshoppers representative. There is even an option to download a written version of the profile that can be mailed or faxed back. Normally the annual fee is .97 for the standard profile and .97 for the premium profile. This is already a fraction of the price of most forms of marketing and will expose churches to searchers through a variety of media including web, print and radio.

Chad Olson reiterates, “No catches here…we just want to provide great and thorough service to those using our site to find a church! Of course, we believe we will see churches grow and flourish as a result of our network as well! A church would be crazy not to take advantage of this ground level opportunity.”

Churches who are interested should go directly to the website at and click on “Market Your Church.” A Churchshopper’s representative can also be reached at 1.866.695.8362.

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