The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition(www.gullahgeechee.net) was started in 1996 by St. Helena Island native, Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine (www.QueenQuet.com). 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 (www.QueenQuet.com) 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.
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 GullGeeCo@aol.com .
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.
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 www.QueenQuet.com for booking details and to submit inquiries. These events will be part of the #GullahGeechee2020 roster as well.