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Sustaining a Nation by Queen Quet @GullahGeechee

December 8, 2018

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com)

Since 1996, I have toured various states and countries on the “Save the Sea Islands Tour.”  This year in honor of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition‘s two decades celebration, the tour was continued as the “Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands World Tour.”   I give thanks for everyone that contributed a dollar or more and to those that sincerely prayed for my safety and the upliftment of the Gullah/Geechee Nation for every leg of every journey that I have taken over these decades.

When I started out doing this work over almost 4 decades ago, no one else used the term “Gullah/Geechee” and now it is a hashtag unto itself.  I was led to put the two words together in order to unify my people who had been separated by those that truly sought to destroy our spirits and exploit our abilities in the process.  The fortunate reality is that there are people around the world that now know of the existence of #GullahGeechee history, heritage, and culture.  However, the unfortunate thing is that due to the saturation of the entertainment and tourist markets with storytelling and misleading representations via museums, replicated sites, non-Gullah/Geechee operated events, tourism agencies, and now even museums that seek to exploit grant money, the work that the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation are doing has become that much more difficult.  These misrepresentations and continued financial exploitation are creating a narrative that is anti-self determination and anti-self-sufficiency and leaves the sharing of Gullah/Geechee history in the hands of those that do not and have never lived the culture and in the hands of the assimilated that wanted no part of it until they could get paid or get a title position on a commission or at an institution.

Meanwhile, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network, Geechee Kunda, the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association, and the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Committee of Northeast Florida still stand as legitimate Gullah/Geechee organizations that are actually Gullah/Geechee owned, operated, directed, and funded.  These groups were founded by native Gullah/Geechees that seek to insure that our history, heritage, cultural traditions, and land ownership are continued.  The projects and programs that they sponsor and host are proudly authentically Gullah/Geechee!  Tenk GAWD dem chillun kno who webe!

Each one of these groups pay homage to our ancestors by continuing to hold onto the land that their blood, sweat, and tears is within and to continue to teach the next generation how to be self-sustaining on the land and how to spiritually give thanks for it all and in the midst of it all.  The work that they do daily is becoming more and more difficult with funds being funneled away from the traditionalists into the coffers of institutions and organizations spearheaded by non-Gullah/Geechees coupled with the numerous land issues including displacement, gentrification, climate change, sea level rise, seismic gun testing, and attempts at oil exploration.   However, no matter how difficult the challenge, if our ancestors had the will to survive the TransAtlantic Slave Trade and chattel enslavement, we KNOW we have the will to fight back and leave a legacy of self-determination for our children in the Gullah/Geechee Nation!

While slavery’s indelible mark on the psyches of those that work against self-determination is quite apparent, there are thousands of others that do not seek to compete against us or undo the work.  They instead want to collaborate and be part of the efforts to insure that Gullah/Geechee culture remains intact on our homeland from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL.  They work with the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation via the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank and the aforementioned organizations to improve the quality of life for not only this generation of Gullah/Geechees, but for the generations to come.

I will never be able to individually thank all of the people that have supported me over the decades or even on the Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands World Tour this year.  However, I am thankful for social media that allows many of you to communicate your support and to encourage me to continue the journey.  Hunnuh chillun mek mi kno sey, mi libbin ain dee een vain!  Tenk GAWD fa hunnuh ya!

As this year’s world tour draws to a close and we get prepared for our annual break at the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, I want to leave everyone (whether you are for or against me) with this message that succinctly provides information on how one sustains a nation:

 

For those of you that contributed to the Gullah/Geechee Land Legacy Fund (https://www.gofundme.com/gullahgeechee-land-legacy-fund) and to the fundraisers to send me to the United Nations and on this global journey, my message from Thailand will only confirm the reason you are a part of Gullah/Geechee sustainability.  For all others, I pray that this message will have you rethink things and not just follow or troll us socially, but truly come and work WITH us.  “Wok togedda chillun, don cha git wearee” da wha hunnuh see we da do e ain juss wha hunnuh yeddi!  So, fa all hunnuh wan da support de #GullahGeechee, GAWD bless hunnuh and tenki tenki!  Mi pray fa see hunnuh pun de necks journee fa #GullahGeechee sustainability!

Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee  in Rice Paddy in Thailand

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) has dedicated her life to sustaining the land and cultural traditions of her people. She has coupled her efforts with the global community to combat climate change and sea level rise and to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She continues her journey to keep the Gullah/Geechee legacy alive on the land. Tenk GAWD!

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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Receives Community Service Award from South Carolina Coalition for Voter Participation

October 2, 2018

Queen Quet Receives BJ Whipper Community Service Award

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) was honored by the South Carolina Coalition for Voter Participation at a banquet in Charleston, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.   Queen Quet was chosen to receive the Rev. Dr. BJ Whipper Sr. Award which recognizes an individual for his or her unselfish community work and her spiritual, economic, and political contributions to her home state.

Tune in for the Gullah/Geechee TV (GGTV) coverage of this historic event:

 

www.QueenQuet.com

 

Supporting Gullah/Geechee Nation Rebuilding, Restoration, and Storm Preparation

September 20, 2018

The northern most region of the Gullah/Geechee Nation has suffered a great deal of damage and loss due to Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding that is still on-going.  The leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have been providing disaster and storm preparedness information and will increase the workshops and trainings throughout the coast following the return of many Gullah/Geechees to their homes in the Pee Dee River, Grand Strand, and Cape Fear regions.    In the meantime, they are amassing hygiene and household cleaning items, work gloves, work boots, and toiletries to make kits for those in need due to the displacements and disruptions caused by this massive storm.   In order to support the recovery effort, please donate via this link which will provide support to the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network and other non-profit organizations that have mobilized to help the people affected by the storm:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/schurricanerelief

Over one dozen rivers have already overflowed their banks and the waters are still rising.  The City of Wilmington, NC has essentially become an island.  So, the Gullah/Geechees that remain there cannot drive out to get supplies and many there stated that stores had essentially run out of items.   So, the Gullah/Geechee Nation‘s leaders have been coordinating with the Black Emergency Management Association to find ways to bring supplies in via water with the assistance of the Coast Guard and others that have been doing rescues via boat and keeping us updated on what has been happening in the waters.

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is also collaborating with grassroots leaders in North Carolina to get volunteers and supplies into NC.  They have been able to coordinate some supply air drops and they are organizing those who have carpentry and others skills to come in for the restoration when the waters receded and roads reopen as well.

Go to www.tinyurl.com/flodropoff for an up-to-date list on North Carolina triangle donation drop-off locations and hours + supplies directly requested from Eastern NC partners on the ground.

DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS-DURHAM

Main Location: Durham Fruit Company – 305 S Dillard St, Durham, NC 27701

DROP-OFF HOURS:

Monday, Sept 17-Thursday Sept 20 from 10am-5pm

**Volunteers needed here to sort supplies and pick up donations and distribution sites today-Thursday. Fill out this form to sign-up or just SHOW up between the hours of 9:00am-6pm

Durham Food Co-op – 1111 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

DROP-OFF HOURS:

Monday-Friday during open store hours

DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS-RALEIGH

NC A. Philip Randolph Institute – 1408 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC 27601

DROP-OFF HOURS:

Sunday-Friday 12pm-4pm

DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS- CHAPEL HILL/CARRBORO

Zog’s Pool Hall – 108 Henderson St (in between Franklin and Rosemary), Chapel Hill

Sunday-Tuesday 3pm-11pm

Steel String Brewery -106 S Greensboro St Carrboro, NC 27510

DROP-OFF HOURS:

Monday-Saturday 4pm-midnight

If anyone is interested in signing up to assist with the supply distribution of items that are coming in to the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition in South Carolina from Florida and coastal Carolina and will be driving to the northern part of the Gullah/Geechee Nation or you have carpentry and landscaping equipment and skills and want to help with restoration, please email GullGeeCo@aol.com.

Continue to pray for the strength, health, and healing of the families and the restoration of our coastal communities.

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

September 5, 2018

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) 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 (OFA.us) which is a partner with Sierra Club, 350.org 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 MidlandsSkepticalScience.com, 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 https://actionnetwork.org/events/rise-up-for-climate-jobs-and-justice

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

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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

www.climateheritage.org

and 

globalclimateactionsummit.org/.

To support Queen Quet’s journey to this and additional United Nations events, contribute at https://www.gofundme.com/gullahgeechee-queen-quet-goes-toun.

#StepUp2018 #Culture4Climate

Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition at Global Climate Action