Category Archives: Environmental Justice

Queen Quet: Queen of Islands and Water Champion

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!

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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Testifies Before the United States Congress

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation is headed to Washington, D.C. this week to provide expert testimony before the United States Congress on how climate change is impacting her people and their coastal and Sea Island communities.

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Happy Anniversary to the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition! Celebrating Environmental Victories!

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) was the first organization in world history to contain “Gullah/Geechee” in its name.  Since they started their work in 1996 under the leadership of the founder, Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine (www.QueenQuet.com), they have successfully managed to get “Gullah/Geechee” as one unit into the vocabulary of the world instead of the use of “Gullah” or “Geechee” separately.   This is part of one of the many seeds that Queen Quet who coined the phrase

“Hunnuh mus tek cyare de root fa heal de tree.”
has planted around the world as she continues to lead the fight for Gullah/Geechee land and human rights.

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Queen Quet presents for International Conference of National Trusts

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is featured in the Royal Gazette due to the fact that she will be a featured speaker during the International Conference of National Trusts in Bermuda. 

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The Grinch Has a Gun! Stopping Seismic Guns in the Gullah/Geechee Nation!

We can’t let the Grinch come to our coast and kill!  Stand up with the Gullah/Geechee Nation and #BlocktheBlast and $StoptheDrill!

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Sustaining a Nation by Queen Quet @GullahGeechee

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.

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Yale Climate Connections features #GullahGeechee

Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine is the elected leader of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. She says the problems are compounded by tourism-driven development that has destroyed the coastal marshland that helps protect against storms and flooding.

So she says people need to rethink their relationship with coastal areas and work to protect them.  Tune in to hear the interview at

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/11/rising-seas-storms-threaten-gullah-geechee-land/

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Queen Quet on the Survival of Sea Island Wisdom

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.

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Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month 2018

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. 

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Fighting for the Gullah/Geechee Environment Globally

 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

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