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Resolutions, Restitution, and Reparations: 2018 State of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) celebrated her 18th anniversary as the elected head pun de bodee of the Gullah/Geechee Nation with her annual State of the Gullah/Geechee Nation address on Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio

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From Penn School to Penitentiary-The Attempted Imprisoning of a Gullah/Geechee Community

Ironically and Divinely, many of us that were students of St. Helena School who also grew up working at, going to programs and meetings, and fighting for Penn did not fall into the school to prison pipeline that has been the outgrowth of the lowering of the Gullah/Geechee students’ self-esteem and the lack of income that is directed toward the educational institutions on St. Helena.  In fact, we are revolted by the site of penitentiaries!  So, when an Anglo woman asked me last week, “Why is a fence going around Penn Center for it to look like a jail over there?,” I felt as if someone had punched me in the stomach.  I visualized what she said and then I actually drove by the historic site yesterday and saw how it was now being caged in.  I also knew that I was glad to be free and would remain so because I was not going to let anyone imprison me nor my mind because theirs may be!

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Penn Center Drives a Stake Through the Heart of the Gullah/Geechee Community

The Gullah/Geechee community and residents of St. Helena Island repeatedly stated that they did NOT want Penn Center gated off from the community and wanted it to remain an open and welcoming public historic area. 

Anyone that has learned the history of the displacement of Gullah/Geechee communities are well aware of the fact that gated areas are the primary mechanism used against the community.  The gates promote exclusion no matter what reasoning may be provided about them.   The native Gullah/Geechee family of St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation has made it clear that fences and gates are in opposition to their culture and their lifestyle.  Yet, an institution that their ancestors built is now becoming a gated area.

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Civil War 3-#StoptheDrill and #GullahGeechee

As I heard the words from the representative from Greeleyville ringing out saying “We want our freedom now!” coupled with the words back to back from the other representatives saying that we are here to send a clear message to Washington, DC, I stood there thinking “South Carolina is firing again and this will be Civil War 3!”

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Rallies to Stop Oil Drilling @GullahGeechee

The current US administration is attempting to overturn the the removal of the east coast from oil exploration and drilling.  The Gullah/Geechee Nation is calling on all of our citizens and supporters to stand with us and our environmental partners as we rally to #StoptheDrill and the use of seismic guns off of our coastline! 

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#GullahGeechee Stand at Hands Across the Sand

On Saturday, May 21, 2016, Oceana, Don’t Drill Lowcountry, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, (SACE), hosted a Hands Across the Sand event on Folly Beach, at which members of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition joined over a hundred others to join hands as a visual display of “drawing a line in the sand” to show support for the federal government’s recent decision to cancel plans for Atlantic offshore drilling, and also to increase awareness about the threat of seismic airgun blasting off the East Coast.

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No Oil Drilling Off the #GullahGeechee Coast!

It is for the future generations of the Gullah/Geechee Nation that I rise daily to do the work that GOD has charged me to do even when there are times when there may be only one Gullah/Geechee voice in the room that I am headed to. If I am that one Gullah/Geechee I know that the past generations want me to speak. I know that I would have done my mother a disservice if I didn’t continue to go to these meetings and protests even when she could not come along. I know that we all will do Mother Earth a disservice if we do not begin to take care of her as she feeds us. We are not going to eat the money when we cannot get seafood from our waterways or vegetation from the land. So, like mama said, some things you need to “leave alone!” However, standing for our rights is not one of the things that I will leave alone!

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