The people of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( www.gullahgeecheenation.com) have been fighting to keep their culture and traditions alive on the land that their families own from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL. Over the past twenty years, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition ( www.gullahgeechee.net) has led the effort to keep Gullah/Geechee land ownership going and to protect the human rights of Gullah/Geechees worldwide.
Unfortunately, the Gullah/Geechee have continued to suffer land loss and also the loss of numerous lives in the Gullah/Geechee Nation with the drowning of a Gullah/Geechee family from Sandy Island and the murders of Walter Scott in North Charleston, and Cynthia Hurd, Suzy Jackson, Ethel Lance, Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., Rev. Sharonda Singleton, and Myra Thompson at Emanuel AME in Charleston, SC in 2015. This does not count the numerous Gullah/Geechee elders that passed away due to stress related illnesses while fighting for their land over the past several decades.
To that end, the funds raised here will assist with: • the fundraising for legal matters for Gullah/Geechee land retention and human rights protections • contribute to the fund for a Gullah/Geechee owned ferry for the people of Sandy Island • provide for additional FREE Gullah/Geechee community land rights, heirs property, and human rights workshops and materials so that Gullah/Geechees can protect their land ownership and keep their cultural heritage and traditions alive on their land • the sponsorship of the inaugural “Black Folks Land Legacy Conference” which will be held on St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation March 10-12, 2017
3) come to the Gullah/Geechee Nation for “Gullah/Geechee Volunteer Month” in March annually to assist with environmental and social justice projects along with hundreds of other volunteers from around the world. Email GullGeeCo@aol.com for more details.