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!
In honor of our Gullah/Geechee legacy, we began the month with the celebration of International Literacy Day in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. We will continue with “Gullah/Geechee Unity in the Community” in Savannah, GA on September 17th and 18th beginning at 11 am on River Street.
River Street was the site of auction blocks during the TransAtlantic Slave Trade period. Folks coming in for the weekend are encouraged to take the “Dayclean Journeys Tour” leaving from the Savannah Visitors’ Center in order to learn more about the Gullah/Geechee story of the entire city and Coastal Empire.
We will wrap up the month raising funds for the new interpretive kiosk for Fort Fremont on historic St. Helena Island, SC. This is one of the many forts along the Gullah/Geechee Nation‘s coast that was built by our ancestors. To insure that this part of ourstory will have an opportunity to be made available to all that come to visit this historic site, we are encouraging everyone to come out to the Celadon Club on Lady’s Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation on Friday, September 30th between 6:00 and 8:30 pm for “Down Caribbean Way” featuring DJ Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions who will spin for this Caribbean night of fun and fundraising!
Cum fa jayn we! Git hunnuh ticket ya: http://www.fortfremont.org/social.html
The celebration of the Sea Island links to the Caribbean islands continues for two weeks with the Moja Arts Festival in Charleston, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Every year, “Carlie Towne Gullah/Geechee People Productions” sponsors a Gullah/Geechee play to raise funds for the “Gullah/Geechee Angel Network” and to edutain the community. This year, they are doing this in collaboration with Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com). Queen Quet wrote the play, “Gullah/Geechee Knows Emanuel” and will be featured in it along with Amir Jamal Toure & Ernest Parks as “Denmark Vesey” and “Gullah Jack.” Tickets for this dramatic production that will take place on Saturday, October 8th at 7 pm at the Pointe Center in North Charleston can be obtained at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10105929.
For more information about all the celebrations, email GullGeeCo@aol.com.
Cum fa jayn we and yeddi who de #GullahGeechee be!
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