Category Archives: Environmental Justice

Gullah/Geechee Action Call from COP22: Wha Hunnuh Gwine Do?

Living literally on the shores of the frontline of climate change impacts makes the immediately implementation of CULTURE IN ACTION absolutely necessary because as my mama always taught me “Time and tide wait for no man or woman!” The changes are already flowing. So, now it is a choice in which way we will be going. Disya a Gullah/Geechee Call ta Action frum COP22! Wha hunnuh chillun gwine do? The quality of life in the world is truly up to you!

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Gullah/Geechee Connections with the Global Climate Change Community @COP22

As the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon stated:

“Today’s global challenges demand concerted global action and joint solutions.”

It is because of this reality that the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s citizens wanted to insure my ability to make this journey. Our Sea Islands and our cultural heritage of the Gullah/Geechee Nation can only be protected when the global community recognizes how we all connect to one another.

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Gwine ta de Motherland fa tek a Stand! Gullah/Geechee @COP22

“The land is our family and the waterways are our bloodline.”

• Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com)

“Hunnuh mus tek cyare de tree.”

• Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com)

I have heard these words come from my mouth thousands of times over the years because they are rooted in my heart. They are rooted as deeply as Gullah/Geechee culture is into the soil and the souls of the Sea Islands. These islands are from whence the blood comes that runs through my veins like the waters that flow to and from our shores each day perfectly syncopated in polyrhythmic rhythm to the motions of Gullah/Geechees as we move about and walk the sacred ground that holds the blood, sweat, and tears of our ancestors-our family.

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Joins in Contacting President Obama about Banning Offshore Drilling

“There is a Gullah/Geechee proverb that says, ‘De wata bring we and de wata gwine tek we bak.’ We know that coastal resources are inextricably tied to the sustainability of Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage because we live in and from the sea.”

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Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival & Famlee Day is a Celebration of Restoration and Recovery

The Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association, the St. Helena Community Market, All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™) and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition invite you to a celebration to give thanks for the blessings GOD provided to St. Helena Island during and after the recent storms and over the many generations. Due to the damage to the Hunting Island State Park, the venue has been changed. The “Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival and Famlee Day” will be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Park on historic St. Helena Island, SC on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from Noon to 6 pm. Disya event FREE and e gwine have music, cultural presentations, food and fun fa allawe!

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Living Through Matthew in the #GullahGeechee Nation

As the coverage of #HurricaneMatthew continued and we prayed unceasingly for the islands of our kins people-Haiti, the Bahamas, and Cuba, we also prayed for all in this pathway of what was going to take every thing from the pages and the Powerpoint presentations of scientific reports and predictions about sea level rise and storm surge and place it on the center stage of real life after having rehearsed as theories. I wondered if the people that I worked with in so many meetings to discuss resilience and adaptation would now be paying attention to the cultural heritage aspects of all of this. I also wondered if equity entered their minds. SMH I continued praying while staying.

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Support Queen Quet of @GullahGeechee Going to UN’s COP22

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) tirelessly works to help keep the Gullah/Geechee culture alive and to protect the environment. Her native culture is inextricably tied to the land and the waterways of the Sea Islands and the Atlantic Ocean. Due to major climate change dynamics, there are numerous threats to the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s coast and thereby to the continuation of the cultural traditions of Gullah/Geechees. Please support her journey to the UN’s COP22.

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Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ 2017

Cum fa jayn we pun historic St. Helena Island, SC een de Gullah/Geechee Nation fa de 12th Annual “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™”

August 4-6, 2017

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Burning the Story of Gullah/Geechee Townships and Beaches Into the Minds of the People

Wilmington on Fire at Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival

Wherein Mosquito Beach still stands and is continuing to be restored after withstanding many storms, Seabreeze has succumb to being removed from the hands of Black people and has been taken over by those in political and economic power in North Carolina. It stands as a painful story of defeat that seems to harken back to the 1898 Wilmington Massacre that was put in place to destroy the independence of the Blacks and Gullah/Geechees of Wilmington in the Cape Fear Region of NC. The orchestrated acts of disenfranchisement that were inflicted upon the people of African descent of Wilmington truly placed “fear” in the hearts and burned it into the minds of many that are from North Carolina. As a result, some fled physically and others fled emotionally away from standing up to hold onto their own property and their own community. The brutal reality of what took place to cause the psychological harm to a community that once thrived is told through the documentary, “Wilmington on Fire.”

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#GullahGeechee Stand at Hands Across the Sand

On Saturday, May 21, 2016, Oceana, Don’t Drill Lowcountry, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, (SACE), hosted a Hands Across the Sand event on Folly Beach, at which members of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition joined over a hundred others to join hands as a visual display of “drawing a line in the sand” to show support for the federal government’s recent decision to cancel plans for Atlantic offshore drilling, and also to increase awareness about the threat of seismic airgun blasting off the East Coast.

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