Category Archives: Emergency Resources and Storm and Disaster Preparation and Restoration

Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Amongst the World Leaders at UN COP 27 in Egypt

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and the Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition has presented at several United Nations Council of Parties (UN COP) events since the first one that she attended in Marrakesh, Morocco. She made it back to Africa again this year to be one of the world leaders focused on climate action and will present several times in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt.

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Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month 2022

For those that are intrigued by the traditions of native Gullah/Geechees, there are two major times of year that folks should engage in the events and postings of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” takes place from the final Saturday in July until the first Sunday in August annually and “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month” which is October. A series of events hosted by native Gullah/Geechees takes place throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL are held annually. The celebrations combines online posting via http://www.Facebook.com/GullahGeecheeWEBE, @GullahGeechee on IG and Twitter, @GullahGeecheeNation on TikTok and releases of new programming on http://www.GullahGeechee.tv and Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio with live in person events.

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Gullah/Geechee & the EPA: Cultural Collaboration & Environmental Restoration

St. Helena Island is one of the many Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and is home to numerous sacred and historical sites that the community wants to protect from sea level rise. The health of the environment is critical given that Gullah/Geechee culture is inextricably tied to the land. Therefore, the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s leaders and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition are encouraging people to come out and be a part of the workshop. They look forward to owners of properties that have such tanks attending so that they can help them get the tanks removed at no cost via this collaboration. In order to obtain more information or to register in advance, email GullGeeCo@aol.com.

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Join Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and Other Faith Leaders for the “Faith Communities & Climate Resilience Summit”

Join Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and other faith leaders for an evening of discussion and workshops on building climate resilience and restoring our communities to places of safety, justice, and prosperity. Learn how faith communities, academics, and government officials from across the U.S. are finding new and creative solutions to climate challenges. 

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Gullah/Geechees Defeat Bay Point Destructioneer!

“The decision to uphold the Beaufort Board of Zoning Appeals’ original decision to deny the building of an exclusive luxury resort on Bay Point is an outstanding way to conclude not only Oceans Month, but to also conclude a month that has been filled with celebrations of freedom for us in the Gullah/Geechee Nation,” said Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. “We have continued to fight for our sacred ancestral lands and the waters that surround us because these are the places that have allowed our families to be self-sufficient for generations and we want these places to remain safe and healthy for future generations to do the same.”

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Gullah/Geechee Human and Land Rights: Ending Racism and Injustice to Bring About Environmental and Cultural Equity

Join Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition for a joint meeting of the Unitarian Church in Charleston’s Racial Justice Coordinating Team and Green Sanctuary Team. 

The evening will allow the audience to engage in an interactive dialogue at the Unitarian Church of Charleston’s Gage Hall on May 20, 2022 at 7 pm centered on “Gullah/Geechee Human and Land Rights: Ending Racism and Injustice to Bring About Environmental and Cultural Equity.”

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Coastal Cultures Conference 2022: Sea Island Coastal & Cultural Heritage Sustainability

The Gullah/Geechee have lived on the Sea Islands since the 1500s and have been able to sustain their cultural heritage and their coastal homeland through their own traditional indigenous knowledge practices. They are melding these practices with modern technology as part of their climate action and cultural continuation strategy. Cum fa yeddi bout disya wid we!

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Queen Quet of de Gullah/Geechee Receives Community Star Award from EPA and DHEC

Director Daniel Blackman of United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Region joined South Carolina Department of Environmental Health and Control (DHEC) Director Myra Reece on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation to present Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) with the “Community Star Award.” DHEC’s Community Star Award recognizes a business, community organization, collaborative partnership, or individual that goes above and beyond environmental requirements in order to build better community relationships, promote environmental sustainability and resiliency, and/or improve quality of life for communities.

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Build Back Better BIPOC Coastal Cultural Heritage Communities including the Gullah/Geechee Nation

I never thought that my house on St. Helena Island in South Carolina would host the United States Congress or the United Nations. However, due to the on-going global pandemic, I have been able sit in prestigious political places via my computer screen without traveling and contributing further carbon emissions. As I tune in, I am concerned about the omissions- the omissions of the cost of climate change impacts on cultural heritage communities like the Gullah/Geechee Nation on the southeastern coast.

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ART of Climate Action by Queen Quet of de @GullahGeechee

It appears that people are more intrigued with investments into what I sought to study when I was in college-artificial intelligence-than they are willing to invest in actual intelligence. There is a tremendous amount of actual intelligence in indigenous communities such as the Gullah/Geechee Nation that are also classified as “BIPOC” communities. Due to the assimilation tactics of white supremacy and its tool of operation-institutionalized racism, I caution you to very clear about “residents” versus “traditional cultural community members.” I represent Gullah/Geechee traditionalists not simply people born on the coast from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL. The traditionalists of the Sea Islands are the Gullah/Geechees that are the living embodiment of the terms that are consistently utilized and put into professional communities of practice as part of the tools being used to take climate action-adaptation and resilience.

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