Monthly Archives: January, 2014

Black History, Black Codes and Civil Rights

Voting during Reconstruction

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) announced the theme for “Black History Month 2014” which is “Civil Rights in America.”  This theme coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  However, on this episode of “Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio,” Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation …

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Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation on OUR COMMON GROUND

Tune in as hostess Janice Graham of OUR COMMON GROUND interviews Queen Quet,. Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 10 pm until midnight EST to begin the 2014 Black History Month celebration.  They will discuss the history and legacy of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.gullahgeecheenation.com) and the current efforts to continue …

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Celebrate Gullah/Geechee: A Timeless Legacy with Queen Quet at Francis Marion University

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2014 Black Heritage Month  Gullah / Geechee Series   “Gullah / Geechee: A Timeless Legacy” Monday, February 3, 2014 4:00pm Francis Marion University Chapman Auditorium featuring Queen Quet: Chieftess and Head-of-State of the Gullah/Geechee Nation for more information, please visit: http://www.queenquet.com/   Queen Quet will do a book, DVD, and CD signing after the histo-musical presentation. Special performances …

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Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Part 3: Rights & Reconstruction by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

To conclude the Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio three part series on “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy,” I took the time to focus on land grants and land grant institutions that were provided to enhance the sustainability of anglo communities in opposition to what had been done during the same era regarding Black land ownership.  I also took …

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Dr. King: The Sea Islands and Self-Determination

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) “I’m not gonna say, ‘Burn baby burn’!”  I’m gonna say “Build baby build!” • Dr. Martin L, King Jr. on speech July 30, 1967 in Charleston, SC These words coupled with the statement “Believe in yourself and believe you are somebody!…Be proud of our heritage!” are …

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2nd Annual Coastal Cultures Conference-Gullah/Geechee: Healin de Land an de Famlee

Jayn we fa de 2nd Annual Coastal Cultures Conference Gullah/Geechee: Healin de Land an de Famlee Hunting Island Nature Center Hunting Island, SC Gullah/Geechee Nation March 14 & 15, 2014 The Coastal Cultures Conference is an interactive engagement conference on the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  The presentations for the conference are done by …

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Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Part 2: Mo Than 40 Acres and a Mule by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

In Part 1 of the “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy” series on Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio, I laid the foundation for the land ownership amongst the Gullah/Geechees.   A critical part of that land ownership was the meeting of over twenty Black/Gullah/Geechee ministers in Savannah, GA on January 12, 1865.   One of these ministers was Charleston, …

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Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy: WE Property by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

“WE property” is often stated by Gullah/Geechees to indicate their communal living pattern in family compounds on the Sea Islands.  This also indicates the ownership by tenants in common often referred to as “heirs property” even if that property has now been subdivided and each individual has a portion of it.  This becomes soon forgotten …

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Imani-Faith & Freedom in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

The final day of Kwanzaa is “imani” which means “faith.”  In the Gullah/Geechee Nation this is not just a principle to end or begin a year with, but it is something to walk by daily. The day of Kwanzaa on which imani is celebrated happens to also be the “Emancipation Day” in the Gullah/Geechee Nation …

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KUUMBA een de Gullah/Geechee Nation-Creativity and Community

During Kwanzaa 2013, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) focused on the sixth principle of Nguzo Saba by giving background on the various methods of creativity and their manifestations in the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.gullahgeecheenation.com).  Queen Quet addresses the fact that Gullah/Geechee creativity does not start nor end with sweetgrass basketry, quilting, painting, singing, …

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