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Supporting Gullah/Geechee Nation Rebuilding, Restoration, and Storm Preparation

The northern most region of the Gullah/Geechee Nation has suffered a great deal of damage and loss due to Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding that is still on-going.  The leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have been providing disaster and storm preparedness information and will increase the workshops and trainings throughout the coast following the …

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I Been een de Storm So Long

Florence kept spinning faster and widening to show a commanding presence.  Yet, for her, that wasn’t enough.   The next things we knew, she was bringing other storms along with her too!  I posted on Facebook” We hafa end this stormy family reunion fa tru!”  Then folks that had never been in the storm wondered “What will ya’ll do?”  In response, my soul sang as my ancestors did:

“I been een de storm so long!

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Snow @GullahGeechee? Aaah, the Climate Has Changed Ya See!

All this snow and cold has many people already wishing it was summer time, but before we get there, we need to prepare.  So, we hope hunnuh gwine jayn we cuz de climate sho da change pun dees ya islandts ob de #GullahGeehee!

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Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival & Famlee Day is a Celebration of Restoration and Recovery

The Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association, the St. Helena Community Market, All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™) and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition invite you to a celebration to give thanks for the blessings GOD provided to St. Helena Island during and after the recent storms and over the many generations. Due to the damage to the Hunting Island State Park, the venue has been changed. The “Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival and Famlee Day” will be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Park on historic St. Helena Island, SC on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from Noon to 6 pm. Disya event FREE and e gwine have music, cultural presentations, food and fun fa allawe!

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GOD Be: Hurricane Matthew, De Spirit, and De Gullah/Geechee

I realized that you do not just want GOD to be with you because that is a given. You want GOD to be in you which is a choice! Tenk GAWD fa choosin life and light ya!

Win de Gullah/Geechee famlee bin jayn today fa shout and praise GAWD fa all wha wi bin tru, hunnuh coulda feel how GAWD bin dey tuh! Ebeebodee got a testimonee bout how GAWD bin bless up de Gullah/Geechee famlee pun de islandts een de sea. We also bin da pray for de famlee een oda res a place likka Haiti and NC.

Afta all a disya, I ain kno bout hunnuh, but mi sho kno mo bout who webe and mi hafa sey “Tenki Tenki GAWD fa anointin and bein fa we!” GAWD fa we mo din de world against we, but GAWD dun sho we da all we need is fa GOD BE!

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Living Through Matthew in the #GullahGeechee Nation

As the coverage of #HurricaneMatthew continued and we prayed unceasingly for the islands of our kins people-Haiti, the Bahamas, and Cuba, we also prayed for all in this pathway of what was going to take every thing from the pages and the Powerpoint presentations of scientific reports and predictions about sea level rise and storm surge and place it on the center stage of real life after having rehearsed as theories. I wondered if the people that I worked with in so many meetings to discuss resilience and adaptation would now be paying attention to the cultural heritage aspects of all of this. I also wondered if equity entered their minds. SMH I continued praying while staying.

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Middle Passage Month Comes in Like a Storm in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Throughout the year, the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation honor our ancestral legacy through libation ceremonies and the transference of cultural knowledge. In September of each year, we specifically focus our energy on the arrival of our African ancestors on the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation via the Middle Passage. September is “Middle Passage Month” in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. We tell the stories of the horrors of the crime against humanity that chattel slavery was and the strength and triumph of our Gullah/Geechee ancestors that survived this journey and then dripped their blood, sweat, and tears into this soil as the nurturing agent that brought forth a mighty people that continue to endure hardships and thrive and prosper like “the tree planted by the rivers of the waters.”

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Disaster Preparedness and Food Security in the Face of Climate Change

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) I recently had the honor of being invited to deliver a keynote address at Chicago State University.   I was part of a group of passionate people from the Fuller Park Community Development Corporation.  Brother Michael Howard, the CEO and Founder of Fuller Park Community Development …

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