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#StoptheDrill @GullahGeechee! De only Black Gold We need dah we!

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) continued her journey throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s coast. This time instead of picking up proclamations, she was once again standing up for the Gullah/Geechee Nation! She was on the frontlines in Mt. Pleasant with numerous grassroots organizers and elected officials making it clear once again that our coast intends to #StoptheDrill and #ProtectOurCoast!

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Black Folks Land Legacy Conference in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

The “Inaugural Black Folks Land Legacy Conference” is being sponsored by the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.net) in celebration of their 20th Anniversary as a part of a series of events that they are hosting for the “International Decade of People of African Descent.”

The “Black Folks Land Legacy Conference” is an interactive three day session on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation which is a predominately Gullah/Geechee owned and operated Sea Island.

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Hands Across the Sands in the @GullahGeechee Nation

The 7th Annual Folly Beach Hands Across the Sands on Saturday. May 21st will begin with a press conference at 11:45 a.m. and will feature comments on the subject of offshore drilling from Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin, Reverend Jeremy Rutledge, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, and other community leaders.

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No Oil Drilling Off the #GullahGeechee Coast!

It is for the future generations of the Gullah/Geechee Nation that I rise daily to do the work that GOD has charged me to do even when there are times when there may be only one Gullah/Geechee voice in the room that I am headed to. If I am that one Gullah/Geechee I know that the past generations want me to speak. I know that I would have done my mother a disservice if I didn’t continue to go to these meetings and protests even when she could not come along. I know that we all will do Mother Earth a disservice if we do not begin to take care of her as she feeds us. We are not going to eat the money when we cannot get seafood from our waterways or vegetation from the land. So, like mama said, some things you need to “leave alone!” However, standing for our rights is not one of the things that I will leave alone!

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Husia Radio features Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Queen Quet at UNCW

Tune in to Husia Radio as they interview Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) about her work on cultural continuation and how others in the world can support the efforts in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

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Gullah/Geechee in Schenectady

Join Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) who is part of the Diverse Environmental Leaders National Speakers Bureau (DEL) in a celebration of the environment and Black History at Union College in Schenectady, NY.

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Gullah/Geechee Leaders Join Activist Actors on Capitol Hill

Ted Danson, Kate Walsh and Sam Waterston have joined coastal leaders including Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) in Washington, D.C. to urge President Obama to abandon his plan to open the Atlantic Ocean to industrial offshore drilling for the first time in U.S. history.

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Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition 19 Years Strong!

Queen Quet was given a statement by the ancestors in a vision and this became the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition’s motto which has been incorrectly published as a “Gullah proverb” by many that did not cite Queen Quet for the origin of the quote:

“Hunnuh mus tek cyare de root fa heal de tree.”

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However, she has lived these words as she’s worked on behalf of the Gullah/Geechee community for over thirty five years and she continues to stand and lead the efforts to keep Gullah/Geechee culture alive and heal the community from the hostility and misrepresentation that they have endured.

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Rest or Run? Discussing Rising Seas and Relocation with the Gullah/Geechee Nation

The word “retreat” immediately invokes images of relaxation for me and many in the Gullah/Geechee Nation since people come by the tens of thousands to our homeland for just that. The fact that they have has led to the displacement of our people for those that want this to be their final place of retreat and relaxation for numerous reason. However, in this discussion that I was now being engaged, this word meant the other meaning that is not a part of my standard vocabulary-to run!

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Gullah/Geechee Land, Legacy, Access, and Sustainability

As I engage in the work on behalf of my people, one of the consistent questions over the years has been one regarding access issues in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and in the more recent years, the questions have also been about sustainability of the Gullah/Geechee Nation which brings us full circle to “saving the Sea Islands.” The environmental encroachment due to overbuilding that has been brought into the Gullah/Geechee Nation (and is not an outgrowth of native vision nor design) is now met with the rising seas and a myriad of climate science issues that continue to negatively impact the waterways and shoreline which lead to negative impacts on the quality of life for Gullah/Geechees. It also affects the continuation of our cultural traditions and the protection of cultural heritage assets. In the face of it all, we are “resilient.”

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