Within less than one month, native Gullah/Geechees have come together much in the way that they did 21 years ago when they stood together to stand on their human right to self-determination. The recent wave of Gullah/Geechee unity managed to get four different white / Anglo owned companies to rebrand their products and no longer use the words “Gullah,” “Geechee” or “Geechie” to culturally and economically exploit the Gullah/Geechee people and their name.
Tune in to Episode 7 of “Zooming in on Sustainability” will be a dialogue between Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and Dr. Najmah Thomas of the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank and Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition. They will discuss how policy is impacted by racial inequity and equity vs reconciliation.
Tune in to Episode 6 of “Zooming in on Sustainability” focused on “Healin’ @GullahGeechee” a dialogue between Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and Khetnu Nefer of A Soulful Touch Wellness.
Queen Quet (www.QueenQuet.com) has spent four decades of her life fighting to prevent the genocide of her people and insuring that Gullah/Geechee culture will not only continue to exist, but that it will also be represented accurately and respectfully. She has successfully won many land rights cases and gotten laws changed in favor of the Gullah/Geechee people. She has repeatedly returned to the United Nations and continues to serve on international boards working to insure the continued sustainability of the environment of and the cultural heritage within the Gullah/Geechee Nation from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL.
The Gullah/Geechee Flag represents those sons and daughters of Africa who were forced to come to America in ships of pain, for a life of servitude and death.
For more than three hundred years the Anointed People of the African Sun were auction off to the highest bidder torn away from tribal and family ties, systematically deprived of ancient African names, physically and mentally brutalized in both body and soul.
Forced to renounce traditional religions and beliefs, stripped of self-respect, dehumanized, tortured without mercy or moral concern, lynched, raped, denied political access, methodically conditioned to engage in self hate and denied any hope of freedom.
And after the genocide, cheated out of the promised 40 acres and a mule.
Yet, the Gullah/Geechee Anointed People survived like a bright shining star above adversity to finally be free again.
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.
May “Seed & Spark” ignite a new flame to burn this part of Black History into the minds of everyone that views Wilmington on Fire while it shows online between June 25th and July 2, 2020. Make sure to register, view, and discuss this film if you truly believe in bringing about racial equity:
This practice best fits the definition of appropriation which is “the action of taking something for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission.” In the Gullah/Geechee culture, my mama and elders taught me, “Disya da tiefin!” This is theft!
Once you steal something and then receive financial gain for it, that is exploitation! You have “capitalized” on something that was not yours. Aaah, but that is the very story of America that people have not wanted to discussed and that is fueling the fires that are burning off the masks that people have worn to cover up the ugly truth.