September is Middle Passage Month in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. In the midst of the on-going traditions of honoring our ancestors and paying homage to them for all that they did to thrive and survive in the face of hardships and oppression, we also celebrate our continued existence. We gee tenks ta GAWD fa mekin we Gullah/Geechee Anointed People!
The Gullah/Geechee Angel Network and Carlie Towne Productions in collaboration with Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition will bring to the Moja Celebration stage the new dramatic presentation, “Gullah/Geechee Knows Emanuel: A Gullah/Geechee Story” on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Pointe Center at 4870 Piedmont Avenue in North Charleston, SC at 7 pm.
“Gullah/Geechee Knows Emanuel: A Gullah/Geechee Story” will take the audience on a journey through the Gullah/Geechee memories of the history of Emmanuel in Charleston, SC from the founding of Emanuel AME by Denmark Vesey and Gullah Jack to the tragic slaying of nine members of Emanuel AME in 2015.
The marks on the backs of Gullah/Geechee being thrown to the ground and kicked in the backs and whipped across their shoulders came to mind. I could see some running to try to get away from this brutality while they yet called out to GOD for protection. I could see them running from the injustice of this moment brought upon them simply because someone else did not want them to speak up. Someone else didn’t think their lives were worth enough for them to have the freedom to praise, worship, to gather, to speak, or to live. So, they were brutalized and slaughtered in the street. Denmark Vesey and Gullah Jack were hung in the street. The collective consciousness brings this image vividly to mind just as vividly as folks tied to the whipping tree in the middle of Charleston comes to mind and I can see and feel the pain as African folks are struck in the back…