Queen Quet has continued to focus on the continuation of Gullah/Geechee land ownership. To that end, she has spoken out and written about the tremendous land and cultural loss on Hilton Head Island for decades. The one time that Queen Quet was invited to received the proclamation in person from the town, they also announced a “Gullah/Geechee Task Force” that would be formed. Yet, since it has been formed signs of “Historic Gullah Neighborhoods” have gone up and native Gullah/Geechee families (which do not appear to be truly represented on this task force) continue to be displaced. In fact, the Town of Hilton Head is widening Highway 278 again which will displace and disrupt the lives of more people just as the lengthening of the runway to the airport will displace historic spiritual centers of the Gullah/Geechee community.
We pray that not only those that are now living on Hilton Head Island and throughout the world fully participate in all 20 of the activities, but that Hilton Head Island becomes a place that changes the trajectory of its story and truly begins to revive and celebrate the Gullah/Geechee legacy and not simply museumize it. E time fa de Gullah/Geechee fa hab equity includin whey de gated areas and resorts be! So, the celebration is a beginning, but let’s get to living together respectfully without gates and with equality. When there is equity, equality, and respect, no gates of separation are necessary and everyone can live in freedom without anyone being left on the plantation. Win da dey git ya, e gwine be a shoutin and drum soundin celebration!