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Zooming in on Enfranchising de Gullah/Geechee

Tune in to Episode 10 of Zooming in on Sustainability as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) dialogues with Gullah/Geechee Assembly of Representatives members about “Enfranchising de Gullah/Geechee.” The show will broadcast live on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 3 pm during “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week.”

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@GullahGeechee Battling Exploitation and Seeking Economic Equity

Within less than one month, native Gullah/Geechees have come together much in the way that they did 21 years ago when they stood together to stand on their human right to self-determination.  The recent wave of Gullah/Geechee unity managed to get four different white / Anglo owned companies to rebrand their products and no longer use the words “Gullah,” “Geechee” or “Geechie” to culturally and economically exploit the Gullah/Geechee people and their name.

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Zooming in on Racial Equity vs Reconciliation

Tune in to Episode 7 of “Zooming in on Sustainability”  will be a dialogue between Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and Dr. Najmah Thomas of the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank and Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition.  They will discuss how policy is impacted by racial inequity and equity vs reconciliation.

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Ending the Plantation, Mascotification, and Exploitation in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Over the past two decades since the Gullah/Geechee people came together to stand on their human right to self-determination, leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have stood up against the on-slaught of mechanisms designed to displace them from the Sea Islands and to degrade their culture. Being vocal about the displacement caused by and the use of the word “plantation” on gated areas has caused many of the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation to be shunned and to even be targeted with threats. Yet, they have continued to speak out clearly against the denigrating effect of seeing the word “plantation” on gated areas, especially on Hilton Head Island, SC. Also, by the 20th Anniversary of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the mascotification and economic exploitation by Revelry Brewing Company and Gullah Gourmet in Charleston, SC has to come to an end!

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Queen’s Chronicle: Healin #GullahGeechee Land & Holdin pun de Culcha

Holdin pun de culcha happens pun de land. If we are taking a stand for land in order to keep Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage alive on it, it requires a significant intellectual, spiritual, and financial investment. So, as much as “Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day” is a fun raiser it is also a fundraiser. We call on all those celebrating “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” that truly appreciate the work that is on-going that allows us to still live on our coast and to keep our culture alive here to contribute to the “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Fund”

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Gullah/Geechee Land Movement Marches On!

Just as the March winds truly blew in dipping temperatures in the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the Gullah/Geechee family stayed warm by coming together at a number of activities.  Not only is March, Gullah/Geechee Volunteer Month which takes folks out into the community to help with environmental projects and assist elders and institutions, March was a time for marching on to fight for the coast as well.  To that end, Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association members started off the month fighting for their coast…

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St. Helena Island in the Gullah/Geechee Nation Celebrates September!

While September indicates the end of summer to many, it is a time of continuing commemorations and celebrations in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. September is “Middle Passage Month” in the Gullah/Geechee Nation… there are a series of events that will take place on historic St. Helena Island, SC that will allow people to directly engage with the Gullah/Geechee community in celebrations of the continuation of their cultural traditions, organizations, and institutions.

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Charlie Simmons, Sr. Gullah/Geechee of Hilton Head is Honored with Bridge Renaming

  The South Carolina General Assembly put forth a bill to have the bridge to Hilton Head Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation properly renamed to honor Gullah/Geechee community leader and ancestor, Charlie Simmons, Sr.  The entire bill can be found at http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/3781.htm .   The Town of Hilton Head officials will be held a ceremony for …

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American Beach: The Economics of Representation during Segregation

American Beach lies on Amelia Island in the Florida area of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  This beach opened in 1935 during the segregation era in America and became a haven for all classes of Black people to be able to gather together and enjoy one another.  The businesses along the boardwalk where all Black owned.  Today, …

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De Gullah/Geechee Rural Ooman

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) Since October 2008, the United Nations celebrates the International Day of the Rural Woman annually. This year, I had the opportunity to celebrate this date with a broadcast on “Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio” entitled “Gullah/Geechee Rural Ooman Feedin de Famlee” (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gullahgeechee/2013/10/21/gullahgeechee-rural-ooman-feedin-de-famlee). Each year the day is to acknowledge …

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