In the midst of the celebration of “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Month,” I have the daily task of making folks aware of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and all that we are up against with folks wanting to minimize the human rights movement and return people to the plantations via tourism. In the midst of the celebration, I do not get to simply sit down and enjoy the salt filled breeze or take a walk in the ocean instead I have to continue to weed out the fields that I have planted literally and the fields of the hearts and minds of those who seek glory and not the continuation of their own nation. In the midst of the celebration, I have to navigate the outdoors and watch the snakes that crawl on the ground and stay aware of those that walk around. Yet, in the midst of all of this, GOD has a way of walking along with me and showing me that this is not in vain.
Each day, we have been calling on folks to make financial contributions to our land fund by donating at http://fnd.us/c/07Wl6. Each day, someone’s heart and mind is touched and they give so that our culture can still continue to live. I give thanks.
Each day someone sends an email saying that they want to connect and they want to know what to do to reach the Gullah/Geechee people fa tru! I give thanks.
Each day someone joins us on social media and watches or listens to one of our broadcast and they become enlightened. I give thanks.
Yet, these glimpses of change seem to be so few that it makes one wonder what should you do.
Then GOD has it that there is a something that comes to you
And you know that you are making a difference for more than just a few.
Today, I awoke and rose to see
Ebun de chillun da lun an da lun mo bout who webe!
I got to look at an image of me!
I had to check my eyes and make sure I was seeing clearly!
Here was this message attached to this Facebook posting:
“My baby 5th grade class had to do a report for black history on someone who has made a big impact on the black community. But it had to be on someone who has never been used. She chose Queen Quet (Chieftess & Head of State) of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.She recieved an (A) for her effort, and she learned more about her heritage..(Gullah) Congratulations baby girl, i’m proud of you…And thank you Queen Quet..”
I knew this was GOD and that nobody was joking!
Tenki tenki ta Gawd fa Sista Rziya e daddee an mama tuh.
Dem da lun e chillun bout who we da fa tru.
De trut cum tru de chillun an e go on an on.
Mi kno sey wi culcha an de wok den ain gwine be eba gone!
Gawd bless up de chillun wha be Gullah/Geechee
An hol togedda wi famlee.
Tenki tenki fa disya cumin ta mi.
Tenki tenki fa mekin mi fa lib fa an pun dees islandts een de sea!
Rziya stands proudly with her report on Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com). The report is now on the wall in the hallway at her school in North Carolina for all to learn about the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s first head-of-state.