President Barak Obama declared five new United States National Monuments by using the Antiquities Act to “preserve critical chapters of our country’s history” and to “ensure that our national parks, monuments and public lands are fully reflective of our nation’s diverse history and culture.” One of these new national monuments is the multi-site “Reconstruction National Monument” in Beaufort County, SC. It will include the Brick Baptist Church and Darrah Hall which are both in the Penn Center National Landmark Historic District on St. Helena Island, SC as well as the site of the Emancipation Oak at Camp Saxton in Port Royal. All of these sites have major significance to the spiritual and land rights story of the Gullah/Geechee Nation as well as to the on-going battle for freedom and full recognition of the contributions of people of African descent to America.
De Gullah/Geechee Angel Network
De Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition present
“Gittin Ready fa de Gullah/Geechee Family Reunion:
An Interactive Family Collections Digitization and Protection Workshop”
Saturday, March 25, 2017
10 am to 5 pm
St. Helena Branch Library
Historic St. Helena Island, SC
in the Gullah/Geechee Nation
“A charge to keep I have. A GOD to glorify!”
I have sung these words for the majority of my life, but I never realized how they would be spoken into existence. As I heard the words lined on St. Helena Island growing up and learned to respond along with the rest of the congregation, I never for once thought of the historical context of the entire ritual. Every praise house and church that I went to in the Gullah/Geechee Nation had this tradition, so I didn’t think it was unique. I found out as a traveled that it was not done in other places. I have come to see it slowly fading away.
The 11th Annual “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” (www.gullahgeechee.info) is themed “A Celebration of Self-Determination.” This culminating weekend of activities for “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” will be held at various venues in the Charleston County area August 5-7, 2016.
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.”
Tune in to this week’s episode of Gullah/Geechee TV (GGTV) as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation interviews boxer, Zeke Wilson who is a native of historic St. Helena Island, SC. He has returned home to do a special book signing at the St. Helena Branch Library on July 6, 2016 at 6 pm. Be there to get in the ring for “The Eighth Round.”
Ef bout we hunnuh wan kno, den yeddi De Conch da blo! Make sure to read, download, and share the “Gullah/Geechee Volunteer Month” and “Ooman Month” edition of De Conch for 2016!
A massacre kept secret for over 100 years. Now the truth will finally be revealed in this outstanding film that has been playing to sold out houses throughout North Carolina. The Wilmington Massacre was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is considered one of the only successful examples of a coup d’état in the United States that left countless numbers of African-American citizens dead and exiled from the city. This event was the spring board for the white supremacy movement and Jim Crow segregation throughout the state of North Carolina and the American South.
“Wilmington on Fire” brings to the big screen the truth about what has been written of as the “Wilmington Race Riot of 1898.” This film brings out why this coup d’état would be more appropriately referred to as the “Wilmington Massacre.” The outstanding research that has been done by filmmaker, Christopher Everett and independent researcher, Kent Chatfield blazes the details of racial inequality and the long lasting negative impacts of terroristic acts that took place against numerous groups of people of African descent.