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Black Representation Amidst Systemic Racism

Tune in to the 31st episode of Zooming in on Sustainability as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) engages in a thought provoking dialogue with Dr. Amir Jamal Toure of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, “Wilmington on Fire” filmmaker, Christopher Everett of Speller Street Films about Black Representation Amidst Systemic Racism.

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Gee ta de @GullahGeechee pun #GivingTuesday 2020

As we now approach Giving Tuesday, we want to make folks aware of why this is such an important day in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Giving Tuesday started in 2012 in the United States. It was founded by the 92nd Street Y nonprofit as a rallying cry to encourage people to donate to their favorite causes. The Giving Tuesday movement is now in over 70 countries including the Gullah/Geechee Nation. In 2019, $500 million was raised online. Charitable causes are in need of even more support this year due to the pandemic. So, we are calling on all of our supporters to make donations to these Gullah/Geechee fundraising efforts and to share the information with your networks

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Zooming in on Resourcing the Community

Tune in for the 19th episode of Zooming in on Sustainability” featuring University of Minnesota professors, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Dr. Kate Derickson. They will discuss community engagement and resourcing the community. Be sure to listen to this essential conversation!

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Fa de @GullahGeechee Chillun

Fa Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2020, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation became a cartoon! Yeddi disya and mo ting fa de chillun!

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Queen’s Chronicle: Queen Quet and de Bajan Chillun

“Being a Queen a lot of times people only look at the clothing and they look at the pretty pictures…, but its work and responsibility… There is a lot of falsehood now..So, yes you can call yourself a Queen, but know that if you call yourself something and GOD gives it to you, you have responsibilities back to GOD.”

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Leaders CREATE

Representative Glenda Simmons-Jenkins and Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation are now a part of the CREATE Initiative. With the by-line, “Engage to change.” the CREATE Initiative advances research and education at the intersection of water and equity through community engagement, interdisciplinary scholarship, and graduate training.

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Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands Tour Gwine on wid de Chillun

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) has been on her annual world tour since the beginning of the year.  Given that the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) which she founded is now 20 years old, she returned to the theme that launched her into taking the Gullah/Geechee story internationally and themed the tour, “Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands.”   Queen Quet has been to all fifty states of the United States and is now seeking to speak to people in every county in South Carolina.  She has already spoken in more than half of them over her nearly 40 year career leading the charge to authentically present the Gullah/Geechee language, history, and cultural traditions.

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From Penn School to Penitentiary-The Attempted Imprisoning of a Gullah/Geechee Community

Ironically and Divinely, many of us that were students of St. Helena School who also grew up working at, going to programs and meetings, and fighting for Penn did not fall into the school to prison pipeline that has been the outgrowth of the lowering of the Gullah/Geechee students’ self-esteem and the lack of income that is directed toward the educational institutions on St. Helena.  In fact, we are revolted by the site of penitentiaries!  So, when an Anglo woman asked me last week, “Why is a fence going around Penn Center for it to look like a jail over there?,” I felt as if someone had punched me in the stomach.  I visualized what she said and then I actually drove by the historic site yesterday and saw how it was now being caged in.  I also knew that I was glad to be free and would remain so because I was not going to let anyone imprison me nor my mind because theirs may be!

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Realities of Reconstruction Conference to be held at the Reconstruction Era National Monument

Beaufort County is now the location of the new multi-site Reconstruction Era National Monument.  The “Realities of Reconstruction Conference” will engage those interested in learning more about this largely untold story of the initial steps taken into freedom by the formerly enslaved Africans.   Interactive sessions and films about the Reconstruction Era and the part that people of African descent played as well as how they suffered due to political and financial setbacks will all be part of the dialogues at the “Realities of Reconstruction Conference.”

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Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Conferences 2018

These conferences are wonderful opportunities to engage in interactive activities and dialogues with people that live the Gullah/Geechee culture and learn first hand how they continue to keep their cultural heritage alive.  You can also learn how you can be an active part of assisting in that process.  The Gullah/Geechees encourage hunnuh fa jayn we fa yeddi who webe frum we!

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