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#ClimateAction 2019 @Gullah/Geechee

While the United Nations Climate Action Summit served to be a series of speeches which spoke of plans and not concrete outcomes of actions taken to combat climate change, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) joined the thousands of people around the world that stood firm on actual action steps.

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#GullahGeechee Nation Appreciation Week Supported by US Majority Whip Congressman Clyburn

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Congressman Clyburn have worked together on several successful initiatives including getting the United States Congressional Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act passed!

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Williamsburg County Proclaims Its 1st Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week!

The African ancestors of the Gullah/Geechee of the Pee Dee like Cato and Gullah Jack were warriors that fought back and it is a blessing to find folks still in Williamsburg County fighting to hold onto land and to our cultural heritage. The pride showed as the entire county council stood up together to take the photo with me as they proclaimed the first “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” in their county.

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Bluffton Proclaims Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2019

Tune in to Gullah/Geechee TV (GGTV) as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) takes us on a journey to that historic site, the Garvin-Garvey House, and to the new Bluffton County Council Chambers as Bluffton proclaims Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2019.

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Celebrating the Earth and History in the Gullah/Geechee Nation for #NationalParkWeek

Funds don’t automatically get allocated to the NPS sites nor is it guaranteed that each site will get the full budget that it needs. It takes the support of the community to insure that the tax dollars are directed to these spaces and not cut from federal budgets. Attendance is a major factor in the reporting that part staff does when seeking financial support to sustain national parks.

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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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World Literacy Day and Climate Literacy

International (World) Literacy Day has taken place annually on September 8th since 1966.  Interestingly enough, I found myself reading the Paris Climate Agreement as the clock struck twelve to usher the day in.  I wanted to insure that as I spoke for the “Rise for Jobs, Climate, and Justice Rally” that I covered the major points of what many countries of the world agreed to in order to emphasize what those of us that support the agreement believe. As I read, I had to take note of the fact that the rally to be held on International Literacy Day would encompass the theme of the day which is “literacy and skills development.”  Both are crucial in our stand for jobs, climate, and justice.

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Culture on the Vine: Gullah/Geechee Muscadine

In the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the continuation of cultural traditions on the land is still a major issue.  The traditionalists have long since realized that without our land, we do not have a culture much less a home.   So, we continue to fight to maintain land ownership, combat environmental dangers, and to continue the economic empowerment of family members upon the land.

In Nesmith, which is on the western boundary of the Gullah/Geechee Nation in South Carolina, there are miles of acres of land lined out in cotton and soybeans.  Suddenly down a long dirt road, you find a vineyard in the midst of it all. 

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Public Hearings and Public Health in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

The Gullah/Geechee Nation is participating in National Public Health Week along with others throughout the United States April 2-8, 2018.   “Changing Our Future Together” requires an understanding of the various ways that we can support improving public health.  Each day of #NPHW has a different focus ranging from behavioral health and communicable diseases to injury and violence prevention and access to ensuring the right to health care and environmental health.  The Gullah/Geechee Nation has placed emphasis on the latter of the categories for the week given that improving and maintaining environmental health especially of the waterways.  Water quality, seafood safety and human health are the central focus of the work of the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank.  This is a priority because without a healthy Gullah/Geechee Nation environment, the citizens will not be healthy.

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Kwanzaa and De Gullah/Geechee

Tune in to learn more about Kwanzaa via Gullah/Geechee TV as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation takes us on a historical journey of the celebration at UNC!

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