Tag Archives: Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Committee of Northeast Florida

Happy Anniversary to the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition! Celebrating Environmental Victories!

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) was the first organization in world history to contain “Gullah/Geechee” in its name.  Since they started their work in 1996 under the leadership of the founder, Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine (www.QueenQuet.com), they have successfully managed to get “Gullah/Geechee” as one unit into the vocabulary of the world instead of the use of “Gullah” or “Geechee” separately.   This is part of one of the many seeds that Queen Quet who coined the phrase

“Hunnuh mus tek cyare de root fa heal de tree.”
has planted around the world as she continues to lead the fight for Gullah/Geechee land and human rights.

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Sustaining a Nation by Queen Quet @GullahGeechee

When I started out doing this work over almost 4 decades ago, no one else used the term “Gullah/Geechee” and now it is a hashtag unto itself.  I was led to put the two words together in order to unify my people who had been separated by those that truly sought to destroy our spirits and exploit our abilities in the process.  The fortunate reality is that there are people around the world that now know of the existence of #GullahGeechee history, heritage, and culture.  However, the unfortunate thing is that due to the saturation of the entertainment and tourist markets with storytelling and misleading representations via museums, replicated sites, non-Gullah/Geechee operated events, tourism agencies, and now even museums that seek to exploit grant money, the work that the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation are doing has become that much more difficult.

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Celebrate the Gullah/Geechee Living Legacy on Historic St. Helena Island, SC at the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival

“Fa We Ancestas” is the theme of the 2017 “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™.”  This festival began on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation in 2005 and has since traveled to numerous cities of the Gullah/Geechee Nation as well as to the Bahamas.   This year’s return to St. Helena Island will be a celebration of the rich living culture of the island and Beaufort County.

The three day celebration August 4-6, 2017 will educate the supporters through a series of cultural heritage activities.

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Queen Quet & De Gullah/Geechee Nation Standing Strong fa We Ancestas

Queen Quet has been the elected head-of-state and Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) for 17 years as of July 2, 2017.  She has been standing up for the rights of Gullah/Geechee people for over three decades.  Whenever asked about this, she will let you know that she stands due to her faith and the strength of her ancestors.  Thus, she has effectively led a number of endeavors that have led to global recognition of Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage.   The annual event that she co-founded to celebrate this rich heritage while also supporting the businesses and institutions of the Gullah/Geechee Nation is the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” which will be held on her home island-historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation August 4-6, 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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UJIMA een de Gullah/Geechee Nation!

Although many Gullah/Geechees celebrate “ujima”=”collective work and responsibility” annually during Kwanzaa with millions of others in the world, the embodiment of this principle is the foundation of the family compounds that make up the communities of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.gullahgeecheenation.com).  The numerous African ethnic groups that make up Gullah/Geechee DNA and that were contributors to …

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UMOJA-Unity in the Gullah/Geechee Community

Join Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) for Kwanzaa 2013 as UMOJA is not only defined but celebrated and reflected upon on Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio. Throughout the year, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.net), the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network (www.gullahgeecheeangelnetwork.com), and the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Committee of Northeast Florida have worked together in unity …

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Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ 2014: Reunion, Reconstruction & Revival!

Jayn we fa “Gullah/Geechee Reunion, Reconstruction & Revival!” een Charleston & Myrtle Beach, SC een de Gullah/Geechee Nation! August 1-3, 2014   Download and share the GGNIMMF 2014 Poster! The Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ is the national festival of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. This event moves to different parts of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and …

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Gullah/Geechee-Keeping Alive a Legacy! 04/15 by GullahGeechee Riddim | Blog Talk Radio

Gullah/Geechee-Keeping Alive a Legacy! 04/15 by GullahGeechee Riddim | Blog Talk Radio. Tune in as leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation discuss the work that has gone into keeping the Gullah/Geechee culture alive in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  The authentic Gullah/Geechee organizations that have continued this work in the human rights movement have been the Gullah/Geechee Sea …

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