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.
As Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2020 rapidly approaches, town after town and county after county from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL are issuing proclamations for the #GullahGeechee2020 celebration. The media is also connecting with Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) to not only promote the celebration, but to talk with her about her two decades long reign as Queen.
Tune in to “Yeddi We! #GullahGeechee2020 Virtually” a dialogue between
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com), Elder Carlie Towne, Representative Glenda Simmons-Jenkins and Dr. Amir Jamal Toure who are all leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.
July 2, 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the enstoolment of Queen Quet as the official Head pun de bodee of de Gullah/Geechee. Tune een fa #GullahGeechee2020 and yeddi bout de journey.
Mek sho fa jayn de Gullah/Geechee Famlee een March! #GullahGeechee2020
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.”
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.
Jayn we fa honor Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation wid de Bluffton-Hilton Head MLK Committee. E gwine gee Queen Quet de “Emory Campbell Gullah/Geechee Gate Keeper Award” at de “2nd Annual Black Excellence Awards.”
Candice Glover gwine sing wid JD Music Group. Dr. Amir Jamal Toure, and Thomas Barnwell are de oda honorees. Cum celebrate wid allawe!
Jayn we fa de 15th Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™
Saturday, August 1, 2020.
#GullahGeechee2020: Celebratin Who Webe!
This is the official international festival of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.