Tag Archives: Glenda Simmons-Jenkins

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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American Beach: The Economics of Representation during Segregation

American Beach lies on Amelia Island in the Florida area of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  This beach opened in 1935 during the segregation era in America and became a haven for all classes of Black people to be able to gather together and enjoy one another.  The businesses along the boardwalk where all Black owned.  Today, …

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Gullah/Geechee Sacred Ancestor’s Vision Comes to Life with the Opening of American Beach Museum

Story and Photos by Representative Glenda Simmons-Jenkins       The A. L. Lewis Historical Society has announced that the American Beach Museum will observe its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at American Beach in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.   Some of those who nurtured the museum from its inception, and labored to see it become …

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From the Middle Passage to the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) takes listeners on a journey through the Middle Passage journey from the Motherland to the Sea Islands on this episode of Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio entitled “Middle Passage Journey to the Sea Islands” http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gullahgeechee/2013/09/23/middle-passage-journey-to-the-sea-islands.  This water passageway came to be due to the crime against humanity called the …

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Gullah/Geechee Leaders Train the US Environmental Protection Agency on Community Engagement

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.net) has worked with the United States Environmental Protection Agency for over 16 years.  They have continued this partnership in order to gain more knowledge on how to protect and sustain the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.   Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com), who is the …

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