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Gullah/Geechee Queen’s Chronicles: When Family is Foreign to You

Middle Passage Month was tumultuous not only in the Gullah/Geechee Nation, but throughout the many island nations that are part of the African Diaspora due to the major hurricanes and tropical storms that brought winds and rains the likes of which this generation has never seen.  As I watched them on the screen, I felt like our ancestors had endured the same things as the billows rolled against the enslavement vessels tossed around at sea on their months long journeys. 

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Safety, Disaster, and Storm Preparation in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

I have lived through several hurricanes on St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  I have also been engaged in disaster preparedness and climate change planning in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and other parts of the world.  More than all of this, I am a person of faith.  However, I do not simply pray-I prepare.  So, as I pray and I prepare, GOD has called me to also share.  

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Middle Passage Month 2017: Commemoration and Preparation in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

“Those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it.”  So, as a result, the unhealed wound of the Middle Passage that is in the DNA of people of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and of African Americans is festering and salt continues to be added to it as the world witnesses continued human rights violations against the children of the African Diaspora and the suffering and pain is exacerbated by those crying in the midst of the storms that are causing the water to fall from the sky like tears of the ancestors while the waters of the oceans and the seas rise and cover the land at these coastlines that were the disembarkation points of the Black gold/Black cargo that had been loaded on the same coast where the hurricanes continue to begin.

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Gullah/Geechee: Surviving the Storms Since 1893

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) In 2005, after a year of planning the inaugural “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” on my home island of St. Helena, I could not believe that I was hearing predictions of a hurricane that might make its way up our coast that same weekend. …

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