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Gullah/Geechee Nation Celebrates #GullahGeechee2020 Honoring Queen Quet’s 20 Year Legacy

Queen Quet (www.QueenQuet.com) has spent four decades of her life fighting to prevent the genocide of her people and insuring that Gullah/Geechee culture will not only continue to exist, but that it will also be represented accurately and respectfully.  She has successfully won many land rights cases and gotten laws changed in favor of the Gullah/Geechee people.  She has repeatedly returned to the United Nations and continues to serve on international boards working to insure the continued sustainability of the environment of and the cultural heritage within the Gullah/Geechee Nation from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL. 

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#GullahGeechee2020-Celebrate the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s 20th Anniversary

Tune in to “Yeddi We! #GullahGeechee2020 Virtually” a dialogue between

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com),               Elder Carlie Towne, Representative Glenda Simmons-Jenkins and Dr. Amir Jamal Toure who are all leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

July 2, 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the enstoolment of Queen Quet as the official Head pun de bodee of de Gullah/Geechee.  Tune een fa #GullahGeechee2020 and yeddi bout de journey.

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Juneteenth Brings a Growing Culture to Stand for #GullahGeechee Land

Help stop another destructionment project from coming to the Sea Islands. They want to obtain 20,000 signatures on the “Stop the Destructionment at Bay Point Near St. Helena Island” petition by the end of June. Please sign here and share: http://chng.it/gcmmgqFq
Please donate to the Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Fund to help them reach $20,000 by July 2, 2020: https://www.gofundme.com/f/gullahgeechee-land-legacy-fund

Many amongst the thousands of people that tuned into the Juneteenth Drum Call for Justice donated to the campaign, signed the petition or sent contributions via CashApp to $GullahGeecheeNation and some did all of the above.

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#Juneteenth Drum Call for Justice

In observance of Juneteenth, A Growing Culture will host a daylong broadcast of The Hunger for Justice Series, celebrating Black voices and the fight for justice in the food system. The Juneteenth Broadcast will be held as a live event simulcast across AGC’s digital channels, with over a dozen presenters beginning with Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com).

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Celebrating World Oceans and Environment Days @GullahGeechee: Reflecting Upon the Sea

I breathed in with the power of my ancestors who had no one protest the abuses that they suffered as they worked this land. I looked out over the water back toward the Motherland and I thought of how the ocean continues to link us back there and to others around the world. I paused and wondered how we’ll celebrate together “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean” in the midst of all the other things going on. I thought of how we can simply find a way to sustain Gullah/Geechee life in an environment that seeks to stop Black folks from breathing at all much less breathing in the healing air of a clean environment.

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Corona Chronicle 3-Gullah/Geechee Seeds of Survival

While at home on the family compounds, folks are learning more about their family histories and land legacies which I pray leads to them valuing the land, family, and community even more. They are learning what their elders went through to hold onto the land and the methods that they used to survive and make it through many other storms and hardships and how in the midst of all of them they could still sing, “Trouble don’t last always.”

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Gullah/Geechee Safe and Healthy

Part of my blessing has been sitting on community committees with partners at MUSC-the Medical University of South Carolina. My first steps into that institution happened over two decades ago when I was asked to come and do a keynote address for mental health professionals. I was to assist them with cultural competency since they had to work in the Gullah/Geechee community. The Q & A that day was as life changing as my presentation for the APHA. The dialogue gave me insight into the vast differences that people of various cultures have regarding stability and how that balance is to be maintained. Some continually seek outside measures through pleasure, drugs-legal and illegal, thrill seeking or risk taking and others go seeking inside spiritually, but sometimes miss the mark and think that is also an external action. Thus, they walk into and out of churches, synagogues, mosques, and locations of spiritual rituals unchanged and off balanced. I was there to help the doctors to be more receptive to overstanding spirituality and the Gullah/Geechee community and how this helps with mental stability. It was about trust. Trust in GOD. Trust in spirit. Trust in who is delivering the message. Trust in their cultural legacy as it relates to who is bringing the message.

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Corona Chronicle 1 by Queen Quet

As everyone that has encountered me is well aware of, I greet people with “Peace.” In the midst of the global panic due to the pandemic, I have watched that word evolve in my existence and surround me and keep me within that peace. Yes, “Peace be still.” I continue to speak and live that statement unlike those that I see encroaching on the peace of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

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Gullah/Geechee Gwine On! Don’t Miss #GullahGeechee2020 March Events!

Mek sho fa jayn de Gullah/Geechee Famlee een March! #GullahGeechee2020

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De Glory of Gullah/Geechee

The 1st South Carolina Volunteers proved that they stood as proud Gullah/Geechee men and did not flinch. Yet, with all their bravery, there has been no acknowledgement of them in the education system of South Carolina throughout the years. The Gullah/Geechee Nation Hall of Fame long since acknowledged these Black men and women such as Suzie King Taylor who were primarily from our coast and who fought for us and for our day of emancipation to come.

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