Ukweli: Searching for Healing Truth series debuts at McLeod this weekend

McLeod Plantation Historic Site

McLeod Plantation Historic Site introduces a five-part poetry, lecture and dialogue series starting on Sept. 26. The series, titled Ukweli: Searching for Healing Truth, features poet and writer Horace Mungin who will speak at McLeod every other Saturday through Nov. 21.

“Ukweli” means truth in Swahili and this series has Mungin searching for a healing truth, reading from his series of poems on American history. According to a description of the series, scholars will contextualize Black perspectives of that history, and radio host Osei Chandler will moderate the discussions. 

Horace Mungin

The first event, “A Dark Darkness,” will be held this Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m., with Mungin reading from poems “Khadija” and “The Lashing of Patsey of Bayou Boeuf Plantation.” He’ll be joined by author and PR and marketing manager for Magnolia Plantation, Herb Frazier.

The remaining events will be held on Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7 and Nov. 21. Each talk is held from 1-2:30 p.m. and guest speakers include historian Damon Fordham and local author Yvette Murray.

Learn more about the series at The event will be capped at the first 50 guests and preregistration is not required. If you’d rather livestream the talks, learn more on McLeod’s Facebook page.

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