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Queen Quet of de Gullah/Geechee Nation and Pioneers of Preservation
The first event of the Pioneers in Preservation series will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, located at 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Gullah/Geechee Nation luminary Queen Quet will deliver a thought-provoking, “edu-taining,” “histo-musical” performance highlighting Gullah/Geechee roots while focusing on the strength of tradition and the power of story through music. Those arriving ahead of the presentation will be able to see the “Human Cargo” exhibition for FREE.
De Gullah/Geechee Nation Flag
The Gullah/Geechee Flag represents those sons and daughters of Africa who were forced to come to America in ships of pain, for a life of servitude and death.
For more than three hundred years the Anointed People of the African Sun were auction off to the highest bidder torn away from tribal and family ties, systematically deprived of ancient African names, physically and mentally brutalized in both body and soul.
Forced to renounce traditional religions and beliefs, stripped of self-respect, dehumanized, tortured without mercy or moral concern, lynched, raped, denied political access, methodically conditioned to engage in self hate and denied any hope of freedom.
And after the genocide, cheated out of the promised 40 acres and a mule.
Yet, the Gullah/Geechee Anointed People survived like a bright shining star above adversity to finally be free again.
Queen’s Chronicle: I AM IAAM-Groundbreaking of the International Museum of African American History
A tear flowed down my eyes on the historic peninsula called “Charleston” or “Chucktown” that was once called “Charles Town.”
These tears were emitting from my soul for my ancestors as I explained to the mayor of this international city how things must go down.
No one in the room spoke, they all simply looked on and listened to what the ancestors had to say through me
As I told them how my feet burned every time I walked the streets of this city.
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.
The Middle Passage, Gullah/Geechee, and SAV
Enslavement advertisements in Savannah marketed the “Black gold/Black cargo” to insure people were aware of the “superior attributes of African slaves from Gambia, Sierra Leone, the Gold Coast, Angola, and New Calabar.” The “slave trade” on River Street in Savannah began as “intercolonial domestic trade” with enslaved Africans being brought from South Carolina to be sold into bondage or to be rented out to clear the land that would become Carolina gold rice and Sea Island cotton fields as well as to be built up to become the city of Savannah.
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.”
Queen Quet of the @GullahGeechee Invites the African Family to the Gullah/Geechee Reunion
To insure that there is an international reconnection of the Gullah/Geechee Diaspora, Queen Quet has been invited to one of the largest radio stations that broadcast in Liberia and other countries of West Africa, “Radio LIB” to discuss the survival of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and its links to the Motherland and to invite the family to come back together at the location from which many departed to head back to West Africa. Tune in on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 10 am EST to Radio LIB! Hunnuh gwine yeddi Queen Quet ob de @GullahGeechee!
De Gullah/Geechee International Story in Charleston From Reconstruction to Construction
I have walked along this area and sat along the harbor numerous times especially over the decade that we have held the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” a short walk away at the Charleston Maritime Center. The center and the plot where the International African American Museum (IAAM) will go are just down the harbor from where we were standing recalling our past connection. I had no idea that the day would come when we would not just look into the past, but also look to the future together. However, that time has now come given that Brother Michael Moore is now the first president and CEO of IAAM (@IAAMuseum).
Queen Quet featured on Gist of Freedom Discussion of United Nations TransAtlantic Slavery Memorial
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) concluded Middle Passage Month in the Gullah/Geechee Nation with a discussion of the United Nations memorial to the victims of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade and the lack of involvement of African Americans in the unveiling and dedication of this permanent memorial.
Gullah/Geechee Movement from the Middle Passage to this Moment
In honor of Middle Passage Month in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the International Decade of People of African Descent, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) hosted “Gullah/Geechee Movement from the Middle Passage to this Moment” on International World Peace Day 2015