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Penn Center Heritage Days Supported by the #GullahGeechee Community

I expected to travel to Hilton Head to celebrate with the Bluffton-Hilton Head MLK Observance Committee and the Gullah/Geechee Famlee at the “2nd Annual Black Excellence Ball” and embrace Dr. Amir Jamal Toure for receiving the “Social Justice Award” and Mr. Thomas Barnwell, who is a former board member for Penn Center, Inc., for receiving the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” I did not expect to not only receive my award, but also to scream at the top of my lungs when the “Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration” won the “Best Community Event Award.”

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Beaufort County Staff Reviews and Denies Bay Point Destructionment but the Battle Continues

Beaufort County staff recently recommended the plan for the resort on Bay Point be denied. But earlier this week, the destructioneers attempted to persuade staff to reverse its decision. County staffers are currently considering their argument and supplemental materials. A final decision will be made next week. We’ll keep you updated. Anticipating that staff will …

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Queen Quet of de @GullahGeechee Joins Earth Optimists in Washington DC

Among the many global leaders engaged in work to heal the land and waterways is The Art-ivist, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com). Queen Quet will join others for the Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, DC in April.

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#GullahGeechee2020 Fighting Against Coastal Destruction @GullahGeechee

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank, and the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association have stood up against seismic gun testing and offshore drilling for several years. They had to also stand up against new destructionment coming to traditional Gullah/Geechee fishing ground at Bay Point in Beaufort County, SC.

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Honoring Gullah/Geechee Champion Smokin Joe Frazier

As I traveled the road in my home county of Beaufort, SC, I reflected on when a road got named after Heavy Weight Boxing Champion of the World, Smokin’ Joe Frazier. People that see that road here may wonder why since many people incorrectly believe that Smokin’ Joe was from Philadelphia where they have a statue of the fictional boxer, “Rocky” and didn’t place one there for Joe. So, to help folks get the truth, I thought it would be appropriate to honor someone that I knew and loved on his birthday, January 12th by setting the record straight.

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#AuthenticallyGullahGeechee Organizations in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Given that the native founded and operated organizations and institutions were established to insure that their culture is accurate represented and presented, they continue to carry out their missions in spite of the opposition and lack of support that they receive from the new organizations that came into being after them. These native Gullah/Geechee organizations and institutions are the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, Gullah/Geechee Angel Network. Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Committee of Northeast Florida, and Geechee Kunda.

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Queen's Chronicle: Gullah/Geechee Linguistic Misrepresentation and Maintaining Indigenous Languages

“As Rita Mae Brown put it ‘Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.’ A Gullah/Geechee proverb says: ‘Ef hunnuh ain kno whey hunnuh dey frum, hunnuh ain gwine kno whey hunnuh gwine.’ ‘Absolutely nothing is so important for a nation’s culture as its language.’

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20 Years as Queen: Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition Reflects on Queen Quet

On April 1, 1999, Marquetta L. Goodwine whose roots stem from St. Helena, Polowana, and Dataw Islands in Beaufort County, SC sat down before the world in Genéva, Switzerland. She became the first Gullah/Geechee to speak before the United Nations Human Rights Commission. She had no idea that when the clock on the wall stopped at zero that a clock that would be ticking to alter the trajectory of her life would begin running. She has been running in syncopation with it ever since.

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#GullahGeechee2020 Conferences bout we Culcha

#GullahGeechee2020 is affording those that seek the TRUTH about Gullah/Geechee culture the opportunity to attend two conferences sponsored by native Gullah/Geechees. Register for the 1st Gullah/Geechee Herbal Gathering and the Coastal Cultures Conference.

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Queen Quet Releases Gullah/Geechee Novel Duet

“We Journey” and “Gwine Home” are both Gullah/Geechee family sagas set on the Sea Islands. Youths in both books learn their culture and their family stories from the elders in their families while also alerting their family members to the environmental changes happening around them. From battling climate change and sea level rise to hurricanes and destructionment, these two novels bring out how native Gullah/Geechees that are holding onto their land come together to face these issues that continue to encroach on the sustainability of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

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