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Gullah/Geechee Rise Up for Climate, Jobs and Justice!

September 5, 2018

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( has been on the “Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands World Tour” with various stops this year.  One of those stops included standing strong on the South Carolina State House steps with the other members of the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association against oil drilling and exploration in the Atlantic Ocean.

Gullah/Geechee Stand Up to #StoptheDrill and #ProtectOurCoastQueen Quet continues to stand with partners throughout South Carolina on that issue and to find clean renewable energy resources for not only her home state, but to work with global partners for a more sustainable environment in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.  As a result, she has been asked to take part in the Global Climate Action Summit and several other United Nations discussions.  However, before she flies out, she will again stand up on the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol.

Rise 4 Climate Jobs & Justice

On Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9 am to Noon, the People’s Climate March takes its stand in South Carolina.  Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice is a Global Day of Action.  The event in Columbia is being sponsored by Organizing For Action ( which is a partner with Sierra Club, and many other organizations. This rally throughout the nation and world is building a movement as we move toward the Global Climate Summit in San Francisco, September 12–14.

The goals of the Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice Rally on Sept 8th is to inspire and educate attendees and the larger community and bring more awareness and greater activism in order to address the threats and reality of climate change on not only vulnerable populations, but on everyone. The lens of the rally is focused on justice.

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Chuck Rhodes, Virginia Sanders and others from partner organizations will be the speakers for the day! Musicians include Kevin McKinney, The Dubber, Wombat Junction and The Disquiet.    Stephanie Palmer-Smith will host a craft table for younger people.

OFA Central Midlands is partnering with Sierra Club, Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, the local 350 Columbia chapter, Carolina Peace, Oceana, Simple Justice Black Lives Matter, Sustainable, SC Interfaith Power and Light, and Friends of the Earth and working with other local organizations and individuals to have a very successful non-partisan event.  To learn more, volunteer or RSVP for the rally go to

Jayn de #GullahGeechee and rise 4 climate, jobs & justice wid we!


Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands Tour Takes Queen Quet to Global Climate Action Summit for Climate Heritage Mobilization

September 5, 2018

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, Founding Member of the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association and visionary behind the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank represented the Gullah/Geechee Nation at the United Nations COP 22 Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.  Those that were a part of that conference came together to work toward the Paris Climate Agreement.  Since that time, the United States president has said that he and his administration will not do the things within the agreement.  This has not stopped the mobilization of people around the globe especially citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Organizers for the Climate Heritage Mobilization at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit which will be held in San Francisco, CA September 12 to 14 realize that heritage has the power to help communities make the #ParisAgreement a reality.  At the #ClimateHeritage Mobilization @ #GCAS2018, cultural heritage community leaders from around the world are uniting to the show the way. One of these leaders will be Queen Quet who has been invited to California by the governor of that state.  She will be part of the Global Climate Action Summit which will bring together state and local governments, business, and citizens from around the world to showcase climate action taking place, thereby demonstrating how the tide has turned in the race against climate change and inspiring deeper national commitments in support of the Paris Agreement.

The Summit will showcase climate action around the world, along with bold commitments, to give world leaders the confidence they can go even further by 2020.   The Summit’s five headline challenge areas are Healthy Energy Systems; Inclusive Economic Growth; Sustainable Communities; Land Stewardship and Transformative Climate Investments.   A series of reports are set to be launched over the coming months and at the Summit underlining the contribution of states and regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society, also known as “non-party stakeholders” to national and international efforts to address climate change.

Many partners are supporting the Global Climate Action Summit and the mobilization in advance including the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition; Climate Group; the Global Covenant of Mayors; the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; BSR; We Mean Business; Ceres, CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project; the World Wide Fund for Nature; and Mission 2020.

For more information on the Summit and the Climate Heritage Mobilization to


To support Queen Quet’s journey to this and additional United Nations events, contribute at

#StepUp2018 #Culture4Climate

Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition at Global Climate Action

De Conch Third Quarter 2018

August 23, 2018


De Conch Third Quarta 2018 Cover

De Conch da de international ezine ob de Gullah/Geechee Nation. Ef bout we hunnuh wan kno, den yeddi De Conch da blo! This edition features information about Black Philanthropy Month, the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival, IAAM, and coming events including the Global Climate Action Summit. Read, share, and download the info. Den jayn we pun de islandts ob de #GullahGeeechee!


Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands Tour Gwine on wid de Chillun

July 10, 2018
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Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( has been on her annual world tour since the beginning of the year.  Given that the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition ( which she founded is now 20 years old, she returned to the theme that launched her into taking the Gullah/Geechee story internationally and themed the tour, “Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands.”   Queen Quet has been to all fifty states of the United States and is now seeking to speak to people in every county in South Carolina.  She has already spoken in more than half of them over her nearly 40 year career leading the charge to authentically present the Gullah/Geechee language, history, and cultural traditions.

Queen Quet’s focus as she travels her home state is primarily “fa crak mi teet wid de chillun.”   Queen Quet annually speaks in Walterboro, SC at their summer reading program and she successfully did this last month at the Colleton County Memorial Library.  Throughout the year she does programs via the “Gullah/Geechee Living History Series” that the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition presents in partnership with the St. Helena Branch Library.  She took the living history to the children of the Metanoia Freedom School in North Charleston on Juneteenth.  Next she heads to Greenwood, SC for “Let’s Read.”  This project will donate 400 books to youths as part of Greenwood Diversity Committee’s “Let’s Talk About Race” series.  Duke Energy is sponsoring author Queen Quet to come in and not only do a book signing, but to also provide histo-musical presentations on Saturday, July 14th.  A morning session will be held from 10 to 11:30 at Weston Chapel AME Church with the afternoon session from 1:30 to 3 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

At all of the events, Queen Quet encourages literacy.  She is an avid reader and a published author.  She just released the sixth volume of her thirty volume series on the history of Gullah/Geechees.  She will autograph copies at each event where she presents including during the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ 2018” ( which will take place in Charleston, SC August 3-5, 2018.  That festival will conclude with Queen Quet sharing the afternoon with youths at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry from 2-5 pm during a massive drumming circle.

In the fall, numerous youths return to schools and they will come on De Gullah Root Experience Transformational Learning Tours of historic St. Helena Island, SC which Queen Quet is a native of.  Queen Quet has already hosted over a 200 youths on the tour this year including Girl Scouts.  She is also working on engaging Gullah/Geechee youths in the “EarthEcho Water Challenge” via her work as a member of the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association (  They will host a “Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day” in October at Hunting Island Nature Center as part of the “Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival” which will take place there on Saturday, October 27, 2018.  The families will engage in interactive events at the coastline which are based in Gullah/Geechee traditions.  Queen Quet started the “Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day” as a means of having people participate in the “Gullah/Geechee SEA and ME” program that she created.

Queen Quet believes in continuing the intergenerational learning that is a traditional practice of her native Gullah/Geechee culture.  So, we gwine on wid de chillun and gwine lun um who webe!

Webe Gullah/Geechee Anointed Peepol!

Lun mo bout who webe

A Place Fa We: Black Townships on the Gullah/Geechee Coast

June 13, 2018

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( is releasing a thirty volume series on Gullah/Geechee history, heritage, and culture entitled “Gullah/Geechee: Africa’s Seeds in the Winds of the Diaspora.”  Volume VI is entitled “A Place Fa We: Black Townships on the Gullah/Geechee Coast.”  This volume provides a brief, but comprehensive history of the incorporated townships that dot the coast of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and celebrates the visionaries that founded these areas while also examining the causes for the loss of some of them.

Mek sho hunnuh git hunnuh copee frum

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