The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) is calling on you to view and share this video by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) showing the desecration of a Gullah/Geechee graveyard.
The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition was the first organization to exist in the world with the words “Gullah/Geechee” in its name. The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition has continued to work to keep Gullah/Geechee culture alive on the land in the Gullah/Geechee Nation since its founding in 1996. As a result of their efforts, they have gained not only members, but also international supporters. Gwine ta http://www.GullahGeecheeLand.com
HEADS UP @GullahGeechee Famlee!
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Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) celebrated 20 years as the Head of State, Queen Mother, and spokesperson for Gullah/Geechees during 2020. In spite of the pandemic, she continued to lead the nation and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition in insuring the protection of the rights of her people. As a result, numerous news outlets captured the successful engagements that took place.
“Disya da St. Helena” gwine bring hunnuh chillun riycha fa see who webe pun historic St. Helena Island, SC een de Gullah/Geechee Nation. It is truly a blessing to be able to assist people with a virtual visit through ourstory of historic St. Helena Island, South Carolina where I was homegrown in my Gullah/Geechee culture. • Queen Quet
As we now approach Giving Tuesday, we want to make folks aware of why this is such an important day in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Giving Tuesday started in 2012 in the United States. It was founded by the 92nd Street Y nonprofit as a rallying cry to encourage people to donate to their favorite causes. The Giving Tuesday movement is now in over 70 countries including the Gullah/Geechee Nation. In 2019, $500 million was raised online. Charitable causes are in need of even more support this year due to the pandemic. So, we are calling on all of our supporters to make donations to these Gullah/Geechee fundraising efforts and to share the information with your networks
Congratulations to Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and de @GullahGeechee Famlee! Tenki Tenki ta Beaufort County, SC! Beaufort County was the first to proclaim “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2020” in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.
Given that the native founded and operated organizations and institutions were established to insure that their culture is accurate represented and presented, they continue to carry out their missions in spite of the opposition and lack of support that they receive from the new organizations that came into being after them. These native Gullah/Geechee organizations and institutions are the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, Gullah/Geechee Angel Network. Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Committee of Northeast Florida, and Geechee Kunda.
“As Rita Mae Brown put it ‘Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.’ A Gullah/Geechee proverb says: ‘Ef hunnuh ain kno whey hunnuh dey frum, hunnuh ain gwine kno whey hunnuh gwine.’ ‘Absolutely nothing is so important for a nation’s culture as its language.’
On April 1, 1999, Marquetta L. Goodwine whose roots stem from St. Helena, Polowana, and Dataw Islands in Beaufort County, SC sat down before the world in Genéva, Switzerland. She became the first Gullah/Geechee to speak before the United Nations Human Rights Commission. She had no idea that when the clock on the wall stopped at zero that a clock that would be ticking to alter the trajectory of her life would begin running. She has been running in syncopation with it ever since.
“We Journey” and “Gwine Home” are both Gullah/Geechee family sagas set on the Sea Islands. Youths in both books learn their culture and their family stories from the elders in their families while also alerting their family members to the environmental changes happening around them. From battling climate change and sea level rise to hurricanes and destructionment, these two novels bring out how native Gullah/Geechees that are holding onto their land come together to face these issues that continue to encroach on the sustainability of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.
De “#GullahGeechee2020: Seeing Gullah/Geechee Culcha Clearly” celebration will not only consist of on Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day. This year there will be a Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day at the Gullah Museum of Georgetown, SC in celebration of Black History Month and there will be a Gullah/Geechee Famlee Weekend on Jekyll Island, GA.
ueen Quet, Chieftess, Elder Carlie Towne, Minister of Information, Dr. Najmah Thomas, and Dr. Jessica Berry of the Gullah/Geechee Nation opened the “Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Conference” with a session entitled “Historical Effects of Migration on Gullah/Geechee Cultural Continuation.”
The Gullah/Geechee community that has been self-sufficient and resilient in this area since the 1600s is now faced with an on-slaught of challenges to the continuation of their culture on their own land which has been passed down since the US Civil War. They are not only dealing with issues of economic inequity, but also environmental injustice which has and continues to cause displacement of Gullah/Geechee from the southeastern coast. For those that remain there, they are literally on the front shoreline of climate change and sea level rise.
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation who was homegrown on historic St. Helena and Polowana Islands, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation has embarked on her annual world tour themed “Healin’ de Land.”
Those tides are now called “king tides” throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation and that king has dethrowned cotton. Aaah, but this king now has an elected Queen that is facing him and the other members of his climate changing and environmentally impacting family head on-Queen Quet!
When I started out doing this work over almost 4 decades ago, no one else used the term “Gullah/Geechee” and now it is a hashtag unto itself. I was led to put the two words together in order to unify my people who had been separated by those that truly sought to destroy our spirits and exploit our abilities in the process. The fortunate reality is that there are people around the world that now know of the existence of #GullahGeechee history, heritage, and culture. However, the unfortunate thing is that due to the saturation of the entertainment and tourist markets with storytelling and misleading representations via museums, replicated sites, non-Gullah/Geechee operated events, tourism agencies, and now even museums that seek to exploit grant money, the work that the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation are doing has become that much more difficult.
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.
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.
Seed is under attack. A small handful of the largest seed and agrochemical corporations in the world are working to strip farmers of their right to grow, save, sell, and exchange seed. Why? Because local, indigenous seeds are a threat to their monopolistic control of our global food systems. But across the continent, groups are fighting to reclaim the power of seed — to keep seed in the hands of the MANY, not the FEW. Next Saturday, June 26, we will have the opportunity to hear directly from those on the frontlines of this fight including Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com).
This virtual conference will address a range of scientific, social, policy and governance issues around managed retreat, also known as strategic realignment and planned relocation. A major emphasis will be on issues of environmental justice, in recognition that the people most impacted by decisions around retreat have a key role in these conversations. Therefore, they called on Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and a member of the Climigration Network and the Higher Ground Council of the Anthropocene Alliance to keynote for the event.
Learn about the history of environmental racism in the United States and how the Environmental Justice Movement was born from Dr. Robert Bullard, often described as the father of environmental justice!
Dr. Bullard will give a presentation and then join our expert panel that includes Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) for a discussion moderated by Rev. Michael Malcom. We will take live audience question throughout the panel.
The Summer Reading Program at Colleton County Memorial Library is going to begin on June 18, 2021 at 10 am with a live presentation at the kickoff done by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com). Queen Quet has been a part of this program for over two decades.
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com), Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) and Founding Member and Secretary of the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association (www.GullahGeecheeFishing.net) will join partners of the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification in celebrating World Ocean Day via a virtual panel discussion.
Giant loggerhead sea turtles, protected as a federally threatened species, nest during the spring and summer months on beaches from North Carolina to Florida. There are hundreds of turtle watch groups throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation especially within beach communities. They organize nighttime sea turtle walks in June and July.
Tune een fa yeddi frum Queen Quet, Chieftess of de Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com), Founder of de Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and Founding Member and Secretary of de Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association (www.GullahGeecheeFishing.net) crak e teet bout wha fa do bout de coota dem pun Gullah/Geechee TV (GGTV) (www.GullahGeechee.tv):
The CHOW 2021 conference will take place virtually from June 8th to 10th. CHOW 2021 will examine how exclusionary practices and systemic racism impact conservation, science, and policy; and how strengthening diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice will improve the sustainability of our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. The CHOW 2021 program will explore the intersection of people and the environment and how we ensure that all communities have equal access to opportunities to maintain a healthy environment to live, learn, and work. The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is proud to be a sponsor/partner of CHOW 2021, and we’re excited to be part of this opportunity to build a more racially equitable and just movement for our ocean and Great Lakes. www.CapitolHillOceanWeek.org
Beaufort County and the Town of Bluffton in Beaufort County, SC are in the midst of receiving comments on their comprehensive plan drafts. It is critical that both are made aware of how critical it is to sustain and protect Gullah/Geechee sacred areas including burial grounds and family compounds. Sustaining these critical spaces not only assist with the continuation of Gullah/Geechee culture, but also with the sustainability of the land that Gullah/Geechee families live on and feed themselves from. So, please take the time to join the supporters of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and members of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition by insuring that you get comments to this effect into Beaufort County by Friday, May 7, 2021 via http://www.EnvisionBeaufortCounty.com.