Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2015 will be celebrated throughout the South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida portions of the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s coast July 25-August 2, 2015. Queen Quet states, “We gwine tru de coast fa keep de culcha!” The week will be a journey into the living traditions of native Gullah/Geechees as those that want to learn about this unique indigenous national linguistic and ethnic minority take Gullah/Geechee owned and operated tours to Gullah/Geechee businesses and historic sites .Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the events that are highlights of this nine days of activities which will honor the lives and legacies of the Emanuel 9.
This July 2nd I see all of this and I see that GOD has shown me to continue to do the work to which and for which I am called because there is somebody somewhere to whom this work makes a difference and whose life will be better because they can truly be free because Denmark Vesey, Patrice Lumumba, Clementa C. Pinckney and I took this journey.
In the wake of the recent tragedy during which the Gullah/Geechee Nation lost nine of its citizens during what has been deemed the “Charleston Massacre,” they continue to walk on with the pride and dignity of their ancestors as they come out of a period of mourning into a time of celebration. What would be an annual time to celebrate Gullah/Geechee traditions and culture is now also a time to celebrate the lives of the Emanuel 9. The Gullah/Geechee Nation will have a series of events that will take place during the month of July in order to honor the legacies of these nine souls and to bring the Gullah/Geechee family together on the coast from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL.
NON-PROFIT Pan-African Family Empowerment and Land Preservation Network (PAFEN) REDEEMED FIRST PROPERTY OF GULLAH/GEECHEE FAMILY SOLD AT 2014 BEAUFORT COUNTY DELINQUENT TAX SALE MAY 15, 2015.
Yeddi de Gullah/Geechee histo-musical presentation CD “Hunnuh Chillun” by Queen Quet & De Gullah Cunneckshun!
Yeddi de histo-musical presentation CD, “Cum Een” by Queen Quet & De Gullah Cunneckhun!
Queen Quet & De Gullah Cunneckshun’s histo-musical presentation journey, “Hunnuh Hafa Shout Sumtime!!!” can be purchased online and downloaded or get a CD at http://www.gullahgeechee.biz!
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) took the time to do an anniversary episode of “Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio” to detail her journey becoming the first Gullah/Geechee in world history to speak before the United Nations on behalf of Gullah/Geechees.
De Conch Doubles Up for 2015! De Conch is the international ezine of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Ef bout we hunnuh wan kno, den yeddi De Conch da blo!
This week we are honored to be in dialogue with Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation, who is striving for justice on the front lines of the most pressing Anthropocentric intersections: climate change, resource extraction, corrupt and negligent government bodies, land theft, encroaching development and exploitative tourism.
Taking on Indigenous sovereignty, land rights, and climate change resiliency plans, Queen Quet is a warrior of justice for not only her peoples, but all of humanity.
De Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association will host its 5th Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from Noon to 6 pm at the Hunting Island Nature Center.
Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month Celebration 2018
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the Wisdom Circle Council of Elders launched “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month” with the “Gullah/Geechee Gala at Gullah Roots” in North Charleston. The celebration includes a number of online educational postings and profiles at the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s Facebook fan page as well as at www.GullahGeecheeNation.com and @GullahGeechee on Twitter. However, the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s citizens are casting out a wide net to have people drawn to their coast to learn accurate information about their history, heritage, language, and culture at the two remaining major events for this year’s celebration:
• Wednesday, October 24, 2018 5:30 pm at the St. Helena Branch Library on St. Helena Island, SC the documentary, “Protect” will be screened.
“Protect: Coastlines, Guns and Women in the Low Country” is a pilot episode of a series which highlights stories in local communities around issues of sustainability. These features are produced using film, photography and editorials to examine the challenges around meeting the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) in the U.S. The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, to protect the planet and to ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The Gullah/Geechee Nation is engaged with other nations of the world in insuring that the SDGs are accomplished.
Two Lane Films decided to interview Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation(www.QueenQuet.com) and several of the citizens of Savannah, GA and other areas of coastal Georgia regarding their views on a number of topics related to their land and culture. From these dialogues emerged the film, “Protect.” During “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month,” “Protect” will be screened at the St. Helena Branch Library on historic St. Helena Island, SC where the film was partially filmed.
Admission is FREE. However, advance passes need to be obtained here:
• Saturday, October 27, 2018 from Noon to 6 pm at the Hunting Island Nature Center on Hunting Island, SC the Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival will be held.
The Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association will be hosting their 5th “Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival” to raise funds and awareness. Bring out the family, fishing and beach gear to the Hunting Island Nature Center for an interactive celebration filled with music, food, and fun. Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, artists, Quadré Stuckey and Ment Nelson will be part of this family oriented event. Advance passes are available at:
Folks are encouraged to obtain Gullah/Geechee gear and books at www.GullahGeechee.biz. Den cumya fa yeddi mo bout who webe frum de authentic Gullah/Geechee!
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) was honored by the South Carolina Coalition for Voter Participation at a banquet in Charleston, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Queen Quet was chosen to receive the Rev. Dr. BJ Whipper Sr. Award which recognizes an individual for his or her unselfish community work and her spiritual, economic, and political contributions to her home state.
The citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation call for the entire world to celebrate #GullahGeechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month with us on each day of October annually by learning more about the living history of our community and by supporting the business owners, artists, and events of native Gullah/Geechees.
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) initiated the”Save the Sea Islands” annual tour over two decades ago. In that period of time, she has taken the Gullah/Geechee story to national and international platforms including numerous United Nations events, UNESCO, and most recently to the Global Climate Action Summit. She will then depart once again for the United Nations. Those that want to support her UN journey which will include three more events during 2018 can contribute to that aspect of the “Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands Tour” via this GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/gullahgeechee-queen-quet-goes-toun
Although Hurricane Florence has long left the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the remnants of the massive down pours of rain and storm water still remain. Rivers are still rising through the Carolinas. Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) and the Wisdom Circle Council of Elders and Representatives of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have been coordinating emergency management and recovery efforts in collaboration with the Black Emergency Management Association (BEMA).
In order to provide financial support for the efforts, please donate at these links and share them with your networks:
The northern most region of the Gullah/Geechee Nation has suffered a great deal of damage and loss due to Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding that is still on-going. The leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have been providing disaster and storm preparedness information and will increase the workshops and trainings throughout the coast following the return of many Gullah/Geechees to their homes in the Pee Dee River, Grand Strand, and Cape Fear regions. In the meantime, they are amassing hygiene and household cleaning items, work gloves, work boots, and toiletries to make kits for those in need due to the displacements and disruptions caused by this massive storm. In order to support the recovery effort, please donate via this link which will provide support to the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network and other non-profit organizations that have mobilized to help the people affected by the storm:
Over one dozen rivers have already overflowed their banks and the waters are still rising. The City of Wilmington, NC has essentially become an island. So, the Gullah/Geechees that remain there cannot drive out to get supplies and many there stated that stores had essentially run out of items. So, the Gullah/Geechee Nation‘s leaders have been coordinating with the Black Emergency Management Association to find ways to bring supplies in via water with the assistance of the Coast Guard and others that have been doing rescues via boat and keeping us updated on what has been happening in the waters.
The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is also collaborating with grassroots leaders in North Carolina to get volunteers and supplies into NC. They have been able to coordinate some supply air drops and they are organizing those who have carpentry and others skills to come in for the restoration when the waters receded and roads reopen as well.
Go to www.tinyurl.com/flodropoff for an up-to-date list on North Carolina triangle donation drop-off locations and hours + supplies directly requested from Eastern NC partners on the ground.
DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS-DURHAM
Main Location: Durham Fruit Company – 305 S Dillard St, Durham, NC 27701
Monday, Sept 17-Thursday Sept 20 from 10am-5pm
**Volunteers needed here to sort supplies and pick up donations and distribution sites today-Thursday. Fill out this form to sign-up or just SHOW up between the hours of 9:00am-6pm
Durham Food Co-op – 1111 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
Monday-Friday during open store hours
DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS-RALEIGH
NC A. Philip Randolph Institute – 1408 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC 27601
DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS- CHAPEL HILL/CARRBORO
Zog’s Pool Hall – 108 Henderson St (in between Franklin and Rosemary), Chapel Hill
Steel String Brewery -106 S Greensboro St Carrboro, NC 27510
If anyone is interested in signing up to assist with the supply distribution of items that are coming in to the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition in South Carolina from Florida and coastal Carolina and will be driving to the northern part of the Gullah/Geechee Nation or you have carpentry and landscaping equipment and skills and want to help with restoration, please email GullGeeCo@aol.com.
Continue to pray for the strength, health, and healing of the families and the restoration of our coastal communities.
“De wata bring we, de wata gwine tek we bak.”
It was surreal that this proverb would keep speaking to my soul about how people need to get back to working together and paying attention to our environment on the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s coast. I kept hearing it in my mind as we watched the reports of the massive amounts of water that were being predicted would come onto Sea Island land and even inland due to Hurricane Florence. Storm surge coupled with high tide is enough, but when you add rain over days and days, no one had any idea of how high the waters would rise nor when the rivers would crest nor how much inland dams would be able to take before the water flooded land for miles.
Florence kept spinning faster and widening to show a commanding presence. Yet, for her, that wasn’t enough. The next things we knew, she was bringing other storms along with her too! I posted on Facebook” We hafa end this stormy family reunion fa tru!” Then folks that had never been in the storm wondered “What will ya’ll do?” In response, my soul sang as my ancestors did:
“I been een de storm so long!