Category Archives: Gullah/Geechee Land Ownership & Rights

Sea Level Rise in the Gullah/Geechee Nation featured on The Weather Channel

Sea level rise and climate change in the Gullah/Geechee Nation featured on the Weather Channel.

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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation to Close the American Public Health Association Conference

Not only will the thousands of attendees be able to hear Queen Quet present, “Yeddi We: Rising Voices of the Gullah/Geechee,” the dialogue will be broadcasted live.  Tune een fa yeddi disya at 2:30 pm EST at https://apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual/attend-virtually/apha-live

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Sea Level Rise and Jurisdictional Lines on Gullah/Geechee Shorelines

Having been one of the people that helped write the Pocantico Call to Action on Climate Change and Cultural Heritage, my focus has been on how sea level rise and other outcomes of climate change impact the sustainability of cultural heritage.   So, I am under no illusion about the required continued diligence of natives of the coasts to stand up and speak out about protecting the cultural heritage of our coasts. 

De Gullah/Geechee binya pun de Sea Islands and ain da gwine nowhey ebun win de oda ress crak e teet bout retreat! 

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Gullah/Geechee Souls and Sea Island Cotton

just as the stock market does, I value Sea Island cotton. I value it because of the blood, sweat, and tears that helped nourish it at its roots here in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. 

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Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month 2017

In 2013, the Governors of the States of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia declared “Gullah/Geechee Awareness Month” and “Gullah/Geechee Heritage Month,” respectively.  Since that time, the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have continued the celebration of “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month.”

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Safety, Disaster, and Storm Preparation in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

I have lived through several hurricanes on St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  I have also been engaged in disaster preparedness and climate change planning in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and other parts of the world.  More than all of this, I am a person of faith.  However, I do not simply pray-I prepare.  So, as I pray and I prepare, GOD has called me to also share.  

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Middle Passage Month 2017: Commemoration and Preparation in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

“Those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it.”  So, as a result, the unhealed wound of the Middle Passage that is in the DNA of people of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and of African Americans is festering and salt continues to be added to it as the world witnesses continued human rights violations against the children of the African Diaspora and the suffering and pain is exacerbated by those crying in the midst of the storms that are causing the water to fall from the sky like tears of the ancestors while the waters of the oceans and the seas rise and cover the land at these coastlines that were the disembarkation points of the Black gold/Black cargo that had been loaded on the same coast where the hurricanes continue to begin.

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A Cultural Eclipse: Remembering the Slave Trade and Abolition by Queen Quet

Today marks the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition which has been recognized across the world since 1997 and becomes that much more significant during this International Decade of People of African Descent.  As I paused to join with others around the world to remember our African ancestors that were kidnapped and enslaved as well as those African and Gullah/Geechee ancestors that fought back on the coast of the Motherland and the coast of what is now the Gullah/Geechee Nation, I was drawn into a reflection of how this week began…

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De Wata Need We! Protecting the Waters of the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s Coast!

The Gullah/Geechee Nation also finds itself having to fight against oil exploration, oil drilling, and the use of seismic guns in the Atlantic Ocean once again since the US government is attempting to reopen the coast to this.  We have until August 17, 2017 for comments to be entered with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in opposition to oil exploration including the use of seismic guns and to oil drilling.  We are calling on all of our supporters worldwide to let them know that you stand with the Gullah/Geechee Nation maintaining its cultural heritage on this coast and to that end, you want the Atlantic Coast kept off of the list of locations for oil exploration and drilling to take place.  You can go to https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=BOEM-2017-0050-0001 to enter your comments.

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week to be Celebrated Throughout the Coast

“Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” began in 2012 in the City of Charleston, SC.  Since then, the celebration has grown to encompass the counties and townships of the Gullah/Geechee Nation in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida.  This year, the theme of the celebration is “Fa We Ancestas.”  The Gullah/Geechee Nation is proud that this week is part of the global activities for the “United Nations International Decade of People of African Descent.” 

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