In one of the most trying times that the world has ever seen, people from all walks of life have come together to support each other as human beings and to support the cause of dismantling racism by sharing the truth. Many of these individuals have also decided that the best way to support the BIPOC communities is via financial support so that the economic wealth gap can be closed and the BIPOC communities and families therein can be sustained. Fortunately, a number of organizations and individuals have stepped up to join and support the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition in the efforts that it has led for over two decades.
Many other artists have now decided that they will also use their artistry to assist with insuring that the funds are totally raised for the Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy endowment. Artist Jacqueline Maloney decided that she would create a visual representation showing the clash between the pro-golf / gated area mentality folks and the Gullah/Geechee Nation coupled with an essay by Emily Maloney that points out the destructionment that those areas bring to the environment and puts a focus on the sustainability of cultural communities such as that of the Gullah/Geechees: https://www.jacquelinemaloneyart.com/post/what-a-flub-golf-its-impact-on-earth
The essay emphasizes how “the Gullah/Geechee people rely on skills their ancestors brought from coastal West Africa, which they adapted to coastal America during and after their enslavement. These skills not only allow the Gullah/Geechee to survive, but to thrive–as many land-based cultures do when they are empowered to personally tend the resources they need in a place they are free to call home.” They juxtapose this to the destructionment that the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and members of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition have fought and continue to fight against including “When coastal developers create seawalls, jetties, and raise the land using fill and grading, they are ignoring invaluable ecological wisdom gained by land-centered cultures like the Gullah/Geechee, indigenous Americans, and the contemporary scientific community. All of these construction orders increase the speed of coastal erosion, and amplify the impact of harsh storms and surges.” The essay clearly points out “Gullah/Geechee people know to build homes a certain distance from the shore, and have warned newcomers against building right on the shore. This wisdom has been ignored.”
The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition has long been an organization that celebrated bringing together creative intellectuals. So, in the midst of all that is going on in the world, they are truly celebrating the artists that have come to join them in their activism and advocacy efforts. Tenki Tenki ta all hunnuh chillun wha da use artistry fa hep @GullahGeechee.