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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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Gullah/Geechee Surviving and Thriving as the Sea Rises

It took the waters coming down over and over again as the seas rose day after day for people to begin to pay attention to what we spoke of generations ago about not building in certain areas and not building out into our waterways…no one was prepared for the supermoon to be coupled with all of this when the rain started falling and falling and falling in South Carolina and graves started to wash out and the sands started to move and as the sands moved, the roads collapsed and as more sands moved the houses fell and the streets flooded and what they had built came down.

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Queen Quet on Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy International Education Journey

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is concluding 2015 on the “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy World Tour.” This three year tour will culminate with the final leg of taking place for the entirety of 2016. The journey has taken Queen Quet to many cities around the world to educate people on the Gullah/Geechee story and to raise funds for the continued work of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network, and their partnering organizations and institutions.

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New National Speakers Bureau includes Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation!

New Speakers Bureau Launches as the Voice for Diversity and Inclusion ┬áin National Parks, Outdoor Environments, and Environmental Organizations! The notion that Americans of color are uninterested in environmental matters and afraid of the Great Outdoors was turned on its ear on Monday, August 25, 2014 with the launch of the Diverse Environmental Leaders (DEL) …

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Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Speaks on Food Security & Traditional Knowledge

Green C of C, a student organization at the College of Charleston that is focused on environmental sustainability issues invited Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation to provide their keynote address for “Food Day” activities in 2012. Tune in to Queen Quet’s lecture and the question and answer period that followed the presentation here: …

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