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.
September is Middle Passage Month in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. In the midst of the on-going traditions of honoring our ancestors and paying homage to them for all that they did to thrive and survive in the face of hardships and oppression, we also celebrate our continued existence. We gee tenks ta GAWD fa mekin we Gullah/Geechee Anointed People!