Category Archives: Gullah/Geechee Films

De Gullah/Geechee Foundation of America

Many people only look to the Gullah/Geechee Nation to hear storytelling and music or to seek out a great plate of food.  However, when they arrive on the soil of the Sea Islands and Lowcountry between Jacksonville, NC and Jacksonville, FL they are now walking on the foundations of America that is held together by the blood, sweat, and tears of the Africans from Angola, Ivory Coast, Burkina-Faso, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Togo, Benin, Gabon, Congo, and Zaire as well as some from Madagascar and Mozambique. 

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Jayn we fa Shout at de Brick Baptist Church!

Brick Baptist Church and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition invite you to join us for a community sing and film screening on Wednesday, August 16 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Brick Baptist Church Annex on St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. We will share a series of short films about the tradition of lining hymns and their importance today.

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“Black Beach/White Beach” Brings to the Big Screen the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s “Black Pearl”

Filmmaker Ricky Kelly has put together an outstanding new documentary, “Black Beach/White Beach.” “Black Beach/White Beach” tells the historical journey of the formation of the “Black Pearl” of the Gullah/Geechee Nation during segregation and leads you up to the on-going battle to rebuild the town and its reputation.

The “Black Pearl” is the historic Atlantic Beach Township which is north of Myrtle Beach. Although Atlantic Beach did not receive incorporation from the state of South Carolina until 1966, Gullah/Geechees owned the land on the Atlantic Ocean prior to that and started to use it as a gathering place in 1934. They opened motels, restaurants, and night clubs and by 1936 pleasure boats were anchoring at the township where Black folks could come and enjoy themselves.

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Beyond Tourism Week in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

The U.S. travel and tourism industry generates approximately $2.1 trillion per year. So, it is no surprise that there is actually a “Tourism Week” celebrated. In South Carolina, Gullah/Geechee culture is often highlighted at the I-95 North Visitors Center in Hardeeville, SC. However, in most cases, Gullah/Geechee culture is not highlighted, it is hijacked!

The massive amount of tourists that come to the Gullah/Geechee Nation annually believe that by driving through and taking photos and then staying in a hotel or camp ground over night, they have supported the Gullah/Geechee people. They even end up often duped into spending funds at “historic sites” and plantations that have Gullah/Geechee listed on their websites and shots of sweetgrass baskets on their brochures to only find out that there are no Gullah/Geechee people that own that site. There may be one Gullah/Geechee person or a few that work there, but beyond their salaries, there is no economic support going to the citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Celebrates Bike Month!

May is “National Bike Month” and the Gullah/Geechee Nation is joining in the celebration! Not only are the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation encouraging people to participate in “National Bike to Work Week” May 15-19, 2017, they are encouraging Gullah/Geechee and Black bike riders to cycle and cruise down to the St. Helena Community Market in the Dr. Martin L. King Memorial Park on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation on Saturday, May 20 between 10 am and 3 pm for “Gullah/Geechee Bike & Beauty.”

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Gullah/Geechee Events een De Conch Spring 2017 Edition

De Conch is the official ezine of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Make sure to read, download, and share. Most of all, we look forward to seeing you here! This edition features the spring and summer events in the Gullah/Geechee Nation!

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Gullah/Geechee Nation in “Exiled from History: America’s Maroons

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Dr. Amir Jamal Toure are two Gullah/Geechee Nation leaders and scholars featured in the new documentary, “Exiled from History: America’s Maroons.” The Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club will host a screening of the film with the filmmakers and both scholars on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the fall.

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Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club Launches with “Reconstruction: The Second Civil War”

The “Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club” will begin on Thursday, March 23rd at 6 pm with Part 1 of the documentary, “Reconstruction: The Second Civil War.” Part 2 will be shown on April 27th. Both parts will be introduced by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) who appeared in and consulted for the documentary which aired on PBS when it was first released.

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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Appears in “Exiled from History: America’s Maroons”

The story of marooned people is often only found amongst the descendants of those communities and in some manuscripts of those that have researched them for academic purposes. On the same night that WGN aired, “Underground” Season 2 which Queen Quet consulted for, DC TV premiered “Exiled from History: America’s Maroons.”

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Hollywood’s “Underground” in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Many that come to St. Helena Island seek out two of their natives that are known around the world-Queen Quet and American Idol winner, Candice Glover. They will get a chance to see them on their screens from the comfort of their own homes shortly as these two get to proudly represent their ancestors on “Underground” which premieres on WGN on March 8th. They want everyone to RISE UP and tune in! E gwine be a time!

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