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De @GullahGeechee een Nassau County: Reframing Who WEBE

It was on the shores of American Beach that the “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Committee of Northeast Florida” held its first, “Worship by the Sea.” Since then, numerous cultural heritage activities have been hosted by the first organization to ever exist in the state of Florida bearing the name “Gullah/Geechee.”

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#GullahGeechee2020-Celebrate the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s 20th Anniversary

Tune in to “Yeddi We! #GullahGeechee2020 Virtually” a dialogue between

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com),               Elder Carlie Towne, Representative Glenda Simmons-Jenkins and Dr. Amir Jamal Toure who are all leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

July 2, 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the enstoolment of Queen Quet as the official Head pun de bodee of de Gullah/Geechee.  Tune een fa #GullahGeechee2020 and yeddi bout de journey.

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#AuthenticallyGullahGeechee Organizations in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Given that the native founded and operated organizations and institutions were established to insure that their culture is accurate represented and presented, they continue to carry out their missions in spite of the opposition and lack of support that they receive from the new organizations that came into being after them. These native Gullah/Geechee organizations and institutions are the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, Gullah/Geechee Angel Network. Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Committee of Northeast Florida, and Geechee Kunda.

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Queen’s Chronicle: Gullah/Geechee Linguistic Misrepresentation and Maintaining Indigenous Languages

“As Rita Mae Brown put it ‘Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.’ A Gullah/Geechee proverb says: ‘Ef hunnuh ain kno whey hunnuh dey frum, hunnuh ain gwine kno whey hunnuh gwine.’ ‘Absolutely nothing is so important for a nation’s culture as its language.’

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De Gullah/Geechee: Voices of a Living African Legacy

Gullah/Geechee Deckle Edge Panelists are the living embodiment of a group whose collective voice has been marginalized and relegated to storytelling as entertainment in order to keep the south in the manner that others want to know it. This has not allowed the voice of self-determination and cultural continuation to truly be heard until now.

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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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Fernandina Beach & Nassau County Proclaim Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2017

The Florida region of the Gullah/Geechee Nation is geared up to celebrate “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” once again!  Both the Town of Fernandina Beach and Nassau County, Florida have proclaimed “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2017!”

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Fighting for Gullah/Geechee Land!

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition has spent twenty years engaged in the battles to protect Gullah/Geechee land ownership and human rights. They have successfully gotten new zoning laws passed that protect Gullah/Geechee culture and assist Gullah/Geechee families with retaining their land ownership. They have successfully worked on laws to benefit heirs property owners. They have won legal cases that returned sacred grounds back over to Gullah/Geechee families and also prevented Gullah/Geechee towns from being destroyed in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

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Nassau County Proclaims Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week!

For the first time in ourstory, a Florida county is participating in “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week.”

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The Movement for the American Beach Museum on the Sands of Amelia Island

by Glenda Simmons-Jenkins The team that put the American Beach Museum project in motion has watched it progress through starts and stops to a completed product. Eve Jones had a front-row seat in the process. But she wasn’t sitting down. The Nassau County native grew up in Callahan and lived most of her adult life …

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