She not only pointed out how Gullah/Geechee culture is inextricably tied to land, but how viable land in the hands of indigenous groups such as the citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have allowed them to be self-sufficient and self-sustaining. This is a model that other Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) groups are coming together to examine and implement in order to end food apartheid and gain food security and food sovereignty. Queen Quet, who is a member of the Directorate of the International Human Rights Association for American Minorities (IHRAAM), outlined how the United Nations has woven these topics into international human rights laws and treatises and discussed how the Gullah/Geechee Nation is focused on continuing to collaborate with global partners to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the conclusion of the International Decade of People of African Descent.
In regard to the UN SDGs, a great deal of work has been put into the water related goals especially via Ocean Actions since the waterways are not only where the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation are located, but also due to the fact that water quality and ocean health are directly related to the Gullah/Geechee fisheries that literally sustain the lives of native Gullah/Geechee families. Healthy waters mean healthy humans. In addition, this is a major part of Gullah/Geechee food security as Queen Quet mentioned in her keynote address on the “Hunger for Justice Broadcast:”
This Drum Call for Justice launched a series of activities that will continue the #GullahGeechee2020 celebration. The Gullah/Geechee Nation was established on July 2, 2000. So, as the 20th Anniversary approaches, the Gullah/Geechee Nation‘s leaders are calling on all citizens and supporters to help them reach two major goals: