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Remembering Gullah/Geechee Souls: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery and Revisiting Wilmington 1898 Massacre

As we demand and await justice for Sister Breonna Taylor who was viciously murdered by the police in her own home, we also awaiting a conviction in the trial of the murders of Brother Ahmaud Arbery. Brother Arbery was a native of the Gullah/Geechee Nation who was murdered on the outskirts of Brunswick, GA by white racists. The most outstanding tribute to Brother Arbery was done at the Trinity United Church of Christ. “The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery” clearly outlines the illness of America as a whole and what we who believe in freedom must do.

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Zooming in on Documenting Black History

Tune in to Episode 9 of “Zooming in on Sustainability”  as  Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation speaks with filmmaker Christopher Everett about “Documenting Black History.”  Everett created  the documentary, “Wilmington on Fire” and is now working on Part II about the 1898 Wilmington Massacre.

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Burning the Story of Gullah/Geechee Townships and Beaches Into the Minds of the People

Wilmington on Fire at Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival

Wherein Mosquito Beach still stands and is continuing to be restored after withstanding many storms, Seabreeze has succumb to being removed from the hands of Black people and has been taken over by those in political and economic power in North Carolina. It stands as a painful story of defeat that seems to harken back to the 1898 Wilmington Massacre that was put in place to destroy the independence of the Blacks and Gullah/Geechees of Wilmington in the Cape Fear Region of NC. The orchestrated acts of disenfranchisement that were inflicted upon the people of African descent of Wilmington truly placed “fear” in the hearts and burned it into the minds of many that are from North Carolina. As a result, some fled physically and others fled emotionally away from standing up to hold onto their own property and their own community. The brutal reality of what took place to cause the psychological harm to a community that once thrived is told through the documentary, “Wilmington on Fire.”

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Wilmington on Fire Has SC Premiere on St. Helena Island

A massacre kept secret for over 100 years. Now the truth will finally be revealed in this outstanding film that has been playing to sold out houses throughout North Carolina. The Wilmington Massacre was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is considered one of the only successful examples of a coup d’état in the United States that left countless numbers of African-American citizens dead and exiled from the city. This event was the spring board for the white supremacy movement and Jim Crow segregation throughout the state of North Carolina and the American South.

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Wilmington on Fire Premieres at UNCW

January 21st at 7:30 pm at the UNCW Kenan Auditorium Kimberly McLaughlin-Smith, UNCW’s diversity and inclusion specialist, will moderate the panel discussion, “How Artists Can Create Social Change” following the screening of this long awaited documentary. The panelist will include filmmaker, Christopher Everett, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com), “Always in Season” Director/Producer, Jackie Olive, “Cape Fear Rising” author, Philip Gerard, independent researcher, Kent Chatfield, spoken word artist, Khalisa Kelly Rae, and CEO of “Social Designs” Jada Monica Drew.

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