Category Archives: Human Rights

Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio Resonating the Signs and the Sounds of the Times

Over the many years that this broadcast has aired, it has presented the history and current events in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and also celebrated the continuation of Gullah/Geechee cultural traditions. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and through the days of the on-going protests over the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, Queen Quet has continued to share the details of the stories that continue to unfold in these changes times.

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Corona Chronicle 7-Pandemic, Protest, and PTSD in the Black Community

PTSD is being compounded due to the on-going replay of lynchings and murders of Black people in the midst of a pandemic while hearing politicians in Washington DC that are safe indoors tell the people that they need to keep the protest going so that something can change. My thought is how is all that we are witnessing via television and social media while being concerned about going outside due to the coronavirus changing our collective psyche?

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Juneteenth Brings a Growing Culture to Stand for #GullahGeechee Land

Help stop another destructionment project from coming to the Sea Islands. They want to obtain 20,000 signatures on the “Stop the Destructionment at Bay Point Near St. Helena Island” petition by the end of June. Please sign here and share: http://chng.it/gcmmgqFq
Please donate to the Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Fund to help them reach $20,000 by July 2, 2020: https://www.gofundme.com/f/gullahgeechee-land-legacy-fund

Many amongst the thousands of people that tuned into the Juneteenth Drum Call for Justice donated to the campaign, signed the petition or sent contributions via CashApp to $GullahGeecheeNation and some did all of the above.

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#Juneteenth Drum Call for Justice

In observance of Juneteenth, A Growing Culture will host a daylong broadcast of The Hunger for Justice Series, celebrating Black voices and the fight for justice in the food system. The Juneteenth Broadcast will be held as a live event simulcast across AGC’s digital channels, with over a dozen presenters beginning with Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com).

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Zooming in on Sustainability: Sounds and Words of Power @GullahGeechee

Join in a powerfilled dialogue from the Gullah/Geechee Nation via as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) chats with Dr. Amir Jamal Toure of Dayclean Journeys (www.DaycleanSoul.com) on the 4th Episode of “Zooming in on Sustainability.” They will present, “Sounds and Words of Power @GullahGeechee.”

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Juneteenth Week Celebration in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

In solidarity with our family in Texas including those of the island of Galveston and those called “Black Seminole” and “Afro-Seminole” who are part of the Gullah/Geechee Diaspora, we celebrate Juneteenth annually. We continue to remain dedicated to this celebration of freedom in spite of the fact that many of our annual in-person events where we sound the drum will not take place for 2020. We pray that you will join us the entire week to celebrate virtually.

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Culture, Climate Change, Preparedness and Equity Amidst the Rising Sea @GullahGeechee

More oft than not, the dialogue and discussions about hurricanes and climate change have taken on the scope of devaluing locations financially in order to justify where funding and other resources will be directed during emergency responses and the restorations that follow. Given that many of us that live on the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation are part of a major tourists destination, we bear the burden of being capitalized on by many people of other cultures that see this area and any information that they can obtain about Gullah/Geechee traditions as tools to exploit the culture and the area for financial gain. The gated, suburbanized, resort, and gentrified properties are used to calculate the value of damage that would come after a storm hits or major flooding takes place. However, the value of the cultural heritage in these locations is not measurable via metrics and formulas. Therefore, the priceless nature of the Gullah/Geechee Nation is not something that de cumya comprehend.

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Zooming in on the Coast Through a Legal Lens

Tune in for the second episode of Zooming in on Gullah/Geechee Sustainability for a dialogue between Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Amy Armstrong of the South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) (www.SCELP.org) on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 3 pm EST.

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Beaufort County, SC Proclaims Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2020

Congratulations to Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and de @GullahGeechee Famlee! Tenki Tenki ta Beaufort County, SC! Beaufort County was the first to proclaim “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2020” in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

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Celebrating World Oceans and Environment Days @GullahGeechee: Reflecting Upon the Sea

I breathed in with the power of my ancestors who had no one protest the abuses that they suffered as they worked this land. I looked out over the water back toward the Motherland and I thought of how the ocean continues to link us back there and to others around the world. I paused and wondered how we’ll celebrate together “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean” in the midst of all the other things going on. I thought of how we can simply find a way to sustain Gullah/Geechee life in an environment that seeks to stop Black folks from breathing at all much less breathing in the healing air of a clean environment.

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