Monthly Archives: September, 2016

Down Caribbean Way in the Gullah/Geechee Nation-Fort Fremont Fundraiser

In order to bring more awareness to the historic Fort Fremont, the Friends of Fort Fremont have held a number of lectures and events. On Friday, September 30, 2016, they will host an evening of entertainment to raise funds for the interpretive center for the site at the Celadon Club on Lady’s Island from 6-8:30 pm. They are inviting everyone out to enjoy the music mixed by DJ Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™) as they ask everyone to join them “Down Caribbean Way.”

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The Middle Passage, Gullah/Geechee, and SAV

Enslavement advertisements in Savannah marketed the “Black gold/Black cargo” to insure people were aware of the “superior attributes of African slaves from Gambia, Sierra Leone, the Gold Coast, Angola, and New Calabar.” The “slave trade” on River Street in Savannah began as “intercolonial domestic trade” with enslaved Africans being brought from South Carolina to be sold into bondage or to be rented out to clear the land that would become Carolina gold rice and Sea Island cotton fields as well as to be built up to become the city of Savannah.

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The Journey of A. Philip Randolph from the Gullah/Geechee Nation to Pullman Cars

A. Philip Randolph who was raised in the Jacksonville, Florida area of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and came to be nationally known for his work on behalf of labor unions, especially his work with the “Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.” Queen Quet ties his journey to the labor of the Gullah/Geechee ancestors over the generations on “The Labor Day Story and the Gullah/Geechee Legacy.”

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September Celebrations een de #GullahGeechee Nation

September is Middle Passage Month in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. In the midst of the on-going traditions of honoring our ancestors and paying homage to them for all that they did to thrive and survive in the face of hardships and oppression, we also celebrate our continued existence. We gee tenks ta GAWD fa mekin we Gullah/Geechee Anointed People!

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Middle Passage Month Comes in Like a Storm in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Throughout the year, the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation honor our ancestral legacy through libation ceremonies and the transference of cultural knowledge. In September of each year, we specifically focus our energy on the arrival of our African ancestors on the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation via the Middle Passage. September is “Middle Passage Month” in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. We tell the stories of the horrors of the crime against humanity that chattel slavery was and the strength and triumph of our Gullah/Geechee ancestors that survived this journey and then dripped their blood, sweat, and tears into this soil as the nurturing agent that brought forth a mighty people that continue to endure hardships and thrive and prosper like “the tree planted by the rivers of the waters.”

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