Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition Celebrates 20 Years with #GullahGeechee2020!

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition ( was started in 1996 by St. Helena Island native, Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine (  The initial launch event on December 21st of that year took place at the “Spiritual Rhythms Gallery” of Gullah/Geechee native artist, Leroy Campbell in Brooklyn, NY.  One year later, the national organization that has since grown to have international supporters and members as well, opened the “Hunnuh Home: Gullah/Geechee Research Center” on historic St. Helena Island, SC.  They have operated from that base since then and expanded to having the “Hunnuh Home: Gullah/Geechee Alkebulan Archive and Cultural Heritage Center.”  They host thousands of visitors and volunteers annually.

To celebrate 20 years at the premiere advocacy organization for Gullah/Geechee people worldwide, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition will host twenty different events as a part of #GullahGeechee2020.  These events will also be part of their continued celebration and commemoration of the International Decade of People of African Descent.


Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( represents her people at the United Nations and has been an active part of commemorating the “International Decade for People of African Descent.” #GullahGeechee2020 will be a series of events that the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition hosts with a number of national and international partners as a part of the decade.


#GullahGeechee2020 kicks off with these events:

Gullah/Geechee Knows Emanuel:
Black Folks Land Legacy Conference:
Gittin Ready fa de Gullah/Geechee Family Reunion: An Interactive Family Collections Digitization and Protection Workshop:
Coastal Cultures Conference: Sustaining Cultural Heritage as the Climate Changes:
Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™: Fa We Ancestas
In addition to these events that require advance registration, “Gullah/Geechee Volunteer Month” will still be held in March.  Groups that are interested in contributing their time and expertise to assisting with work on the ground in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and would like to have transformational community service learning opportunities can email .
Also, Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week will take place from July 29-August 6, 2017.  The week is celebrated throughout the entire Gullah/Geechee Nation.  It will culminate on historic St. Helena Island, SC this year at the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™.”  The event is themed “Fa We Ancestas” and will include a massive African Diaspora circle of reunion at the Atlantic Ocean as part of the opening ancestral ceremony.  “Gullah/Geechee Reunion Day” at the St. Helena Branch Library will also be an opportunity to reunite the Gullah/Geechee Diaspora.
Queen Quet & De Gullah Cunneckshun will be a part of numerous festivals and national and international presentations as they conclude the third year of the “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy World Tour.”  This tours is raising awareness about the existence of Gullah/Geechee culture and the Gullah/Geechee Nation and is raising funds for the “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Fund:”
Stops on the tour will include the midwest and west coast.  Those interested in hosting a fundraiser and awareness event in their cities and countries can go to for booking details and to submit inquiries.  These events will be part of the #GullahGeechee2020 roster as well.
Additional events will be posted each quarter to the Gullah/Geechee Nation Facebook Fan page, EventBrite, and on    Folks can also keep up with the activities by following @GullahGeechee on Instagram, Twitter, and Periscope.
Bring de famlee and cum fa jayn we fa #GullahGeechee2020!

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