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Juneteenth Week Celebration in the Gullah/Geechee Nation
In solidarity with our family in Texas including those of the island of Galveston and those called “Black Seminole” and “Afro-Seminole” who are part of the Gullah/Geechee Diaspora, we celebrate Juneteenth annually. We continue to remain dedicated to this celebration of freedom in spite of the fact that many of our annual in-person events where we sound the drum will not take place for 2020. We pray that you will join us the entire week to celebrate virtually.
Queen’s Chronicle: Welcomin’ Home de Gullah/Geechee Famlee ta Barbados wid de Drums and Dance
Never once in South Carolina’s educational institutions were we told of the revolutionary spirits of the island of Barbados. We were never told of the uprising of 1675. Knowing this now makes me wonder if our family members rose up to fight for us that were taken from the island and placed on the Sea Islands and forced to build Charlestown which is now “Charleston, SC” where our ancestors blood, sweat, and tears flows beneath the cobblestones, asphalt, and concrete. I wondered what type of mindset would have been instilled in our family throughout the African Diaspora and the Gullah/Geechee Diaspora if we had known that there was no sweetness that they had found amidst all the sugar cane.
Unveiling Harriet Tubman’s Work in Beaufort, SC
Thankfully the Civil War and people leaving the north to head southward to help did strike a chord with Mother Moses Harriet Tubman which led her to Beaufort, SC. Thankfully she hit the right chord with the Gullah/Geechees along the Combahee River when she stood next to Colonel Montgomery as a soldier and helped to orchestrate the Combahee River Raid to free over 700 enslaved Gullah/Geechees from the rice fields along that river and get them to Beaufort, SC where the Union occupation was in place.
#MyNameMatters: Queen’s Chronicles: Black Herstory Journey of a Gullah/Geechee
My Gullah/Geechee upbringing causes me to be adamant about respecting peoples’ titles and calling them by the appropriate names. So, when I am looking into the eyes of other women of African descent, I want to know their names. I find that when I am looking into images of ancestors, that urge to know their names is even greater.
I Was Free and They Should Be Free! Harriet Tubman Journey of the Gullah/Geechee
“The most important thing was that I had a purpose-to get my kin out of bondage by any means.”
• Harriet Tubman #UndergroundWGN
I sat this evening watching and listening, meditating and feeling. I had to hold the shouting for later as I sat in the clearing listening to Harriet Tubman.
This was not the first time that I listened to Harriet Tubman. I have heard her speak to my soul for decades through pages and on stages as I told her story and how it linked to my people in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. This was a story never written in the pages…
Hollywood’s “Underground” in the Gullah/Geechee Nation
Many that come to St. Helena Island seek out two of their natives that are known around the world-Queen Quet and American Idol winner, Candice Glover. They will get a chance to see them on their screens from the comfort of their own homes shortly as these two get to proudly represent their ancestors on “Underground” which premieres on WGN on March 8th. They want everyone to RISE UP and tune in! E gwine be a time!
“Underground” Gullah/Geechee Journey
I thought that with the successful progress of what is being done for Harriet Tubman now including the possibility of her being on a US bill, there was nothing left to engage in regarding this part of the freedom story. So, I continued on with this modern day freedom fight which is quite a journey. Along the way, I got an email saying that folks from “Underground” would like to talk to you. I had to verify that this was the WGN TV folks and that this was actually true. I recalled how in Season 1 they sang a Gullah/Geechee song and how I felt that our energy had reached them, but it is only when we are together that the polyrhythmic energy gets strong.
Cum fa Juneteenth at de Jepson wid de @GullahGeechee Famlee!
June 11 from 1 pm to 4 pm during ‘Free Family Day’ at Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts historic presentations will be done by historian Dr. Amir Jamal Toure, percussionist David Pleasant, and Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.
The Book of Negroes: Turning the Pages of Gullah/Geechee Ourstory
As BET and Canadian television prepared to air “The Book of Negroes,” Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueeQuet.com) took to the airwaves of “Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio” to discuss how the actual “Book of Negroes” and its listing of 3000 names connects to the Gullah/Geechee Nation and continues the connection from the Sea Islands …
Jayn we fa Juneteenth at de Jepson Center of de Telfair Museum!
Cum jayn we een Savannah, GA een de Gullah/Geechee Nation fa Juneteenth at de Jepson Center June 7, 2014 1-4pm Telfair Musuem’s Jepson Center for the Arts 207 W York Street Savannah, GA 31401 http://www.telfair.org featuring presentations by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and Dr. Amir Jamal Toure and Dayclean de African …