Many 2020 celebrations were disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Amongst these were numerous return home to Africa celebrations and the 350th of Charleston, SC. These were scheduled to overlap with the 300th celebration in Barbados and the 20th Anniversary of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.
As we have often had to do, the children of Mother Africa adapted quickly to the new circumstances that we were faced with. So, we took our celebrations to the global audiences that could not come to visit us. As a result, thousands of additional people have been able to partake of insights about the African Diaspora that they may not have been able to do so if traveling was required. Two such online engagements that linked people directly to celebrations that are held annually in the Gullah/Geechee Nation were the Carifest Virtual Summit and the Take a Stand fa Gullah/Geechee Land! #GullahGeechee2020 Telethon.
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.
Tune in to the Carifest Virtual Summit: Caribbean Carolina Connection 350 Years on Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:00 PM including Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Elder Carlie Towne, Director of the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network (www.GullahGeecheeAngelNetwork.com) as they share the Carolina-Caribbean Connection with special emphasis on Barbados.