De Gullah/Geechee Famlee gwine hab a time fa “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2022!” Hunnuh hafa dey dey tuh!
From North Carolina’s Town of Leland down to Jacksonville, Florida, the coastal counties and numerous townships in the Gullah/Geechee Nation have proclaimed July 30-August 6, 2022 as “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week.” This marks the 10th anniversary of this Gullah/Geechee Nation wide celebration of authentic Gullah/Geechee culture. The week launches on historic St. Helena Island, SC at the St. Helena Park at Noon on Saturday, July 30th with “Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day.”
“Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day” is the annual reunion of native Gullah/Geechees and their supporters hosted by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™). Numerous Gullah/Geechee traditional craft artisans and business owners will have items for sale while DJ Kwame Sha spins a dance mix throughout the day. This year, folks will be able to play softball, kickball, basketball and other family fun games while the children enjoy the children’s play area. Gullah/Geechee cuisine tops off the entire afternoon that not only brings together folks that still reside in the Gullah/Geechee Nation but attracts kinfolks from the Motherland and the Caribbean that know of their historic and familial connections to the Gullah/Geechees.
Songstress Gwen Yvette will be the featured artist at the Jah’Lion Bar & Grille in Beaufort that evening at 7 pm. So, for those that want to go to an after party following “Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day,” they can make their way over the bridges into the township and dance the night away.
Sunday, July 31st, please worship at one of the spiritual centers in the Gullah/Geechee Nation between Jacksonville, NC and Jacksonville, FL.
Tuesday, August 2nd and Thursday, August 4th tour Gullah/Geechee historic sites on your own or with one of the Gullah/Geechee owned tour companies such as DayClean Journeys in Savannah, Georgia or stop by the Gullah Museum in Georgetown, SC. While in Savannah, stop by “2 Chefs Gullah/Geechee Soul Food Restaurant” for a Gullah/Geechee meal. While in Georgetown, walk down the street to “Aunny’s Country Kitchen” or walk or drive to “Eve’s Caribbean Soul Food Restaurant.” If you decide to stop off in Charleston, SC in between these two Gullah/Geechee city journeys, have breakfast or lunch at “Hannibal’s Kitchen.” Consider having a private Gullah/Geechee artistic and educational afternoon with Elder Carlie Towne of the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network and include some cuisine from the “Destiny Community Café.”
Wednesday, August 3rd, Nassau County, Florida will present their “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” proclamation. Take time to go out to historic American Beach and learn more about this historic Black township that is part of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. You can also obtain “A Place Fa We: Black Townships on the Coast of the Gullah/Geechee” to enhance your coastal journey:
The entire audience from the festival is invited to journey to Town of Port Royal to enjoy Street Music on Paris Avenue. Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers will be have folks dancing in the street from 6 to 9 pm.
Folks can caravan up to the festival with the family from Brunswick, GA. On August 6, 11:00 a.m. at Gullah/Geechee Nation Situation Park, 2000 block of Albany Street, will be a “Lest We Forget” remembrance observance of Gullah/Geechee veterans who served in the U.S. armed forces, and those who gave their life while serving in the U.S. armed forces, as well as all Gullah/Geechees within the Nation and elsewhere who know and understand that webe anointed people!
The entire week of activities will provide education about the Gullah/Geechee culture and history. It will also highlight events that will help raise funds for the Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Fund. For those that are unable to attend but want to be a part of the fundraising effort, donate via CashApp to $GullahGeecheeNation or via GoFundMe at