Posts Tagged ‘Gullah culture’

Harriet Tubman Statue to be Erected in Beaufort County, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

May 8, 2017
Many people are unaware of the fact that Harriet Tubman, who is most known for her outstanding work freeing enslaved people from bondage via the Underground Railroad, stayed in Beaufort, SC during her service as a soldier and scout.  She served during the United States Civil War and was stationed at Port Royal Island.   In order to enlighten more people in the world about her presence in Beaufort County, SC former South Carolina General Assembly member, Rev. Kenneth C. Hodges made sure that the bridge over the Combahee River was renamed in honor of Harriet Tubman and now there will also be a monument erected in Beaufort at the Tabernacle Baptist Church where he pastors to her honor.
Join the Beaufort Gullah/Geechee Famlee at the “Gullah Lowcountry Dinner Theater” on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm. This event will feature a presentation by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) entitled “Hallelujah Harriet: Mother Moses and de Gullah/Geechee.” The entire event is a fundraiser for the Harriet Tubman Monument which will be placed at Tabernacle Baptist Church Campus.  Advance tickets are on sale.   The ground breaking ceremony for the monument will take place on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10 am and is free and open to the public.
Harriet Tubman Fundraiser Dinner
For more information about the event and how to contribute to the monument, go to www.harriettubmanmonument.com,
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gullah-lowcountry-dinner-theater-harriet-tubman-monument-fundraiser-tickets-34422790493.  You can also email GullGeeCo@aol.com or go by the new Gullah/Geechee Visitors Center at 1908 Boundary Street in Beaufort, SC.  Tickets are on sale at the Gullah/Geechee Visitors Center, Lybensons Gallery, and Tabernacle Baptist Church in Beaufort, SC as well as at the aforementioned link.  
 
Bring the family to this monumental celebration!
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Tune in to the Gullah/Geechee TV (GGTV) coverage of the historic ground breaking ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KO5xJeqeLI

Queen Quet Presents “Gullah/Geechee: Africa’s Seed in the Winds of the Diaspora”

January 18, 2017

 

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Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is an award winning author.  She has released five volumes of a thirty volume history series entitled “Gullah/Geechee: Africa’s Seed in the Winds of the Diaspora.”  She will present from this series for “Books Sandwiched In” at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort Center for the Arts on Monday, February 6, 2017 at from Noon to 1 pm.  The histo-musical presentation will be followed by a book signing.  The event which is sponsored by the Friends of Beaufort County Library is FREE and open to all.  Cum fa yeddi bout who webe een de nayshun ob de Gullah/Geechee!

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Literacy Celebration

August 17, 2016
Gullah/Geechee Nation Literacy Celebration!
International Literacy Day at the St. Helena Branch Library
September 7, 2016 Noon to 6:30 pm
 

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General stated “Literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all.”  Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is an author that is a native of St. Helena Island, SC.  She is the only Gullah/Geechee to have been taped at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.  This was done during the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights when she was asked to come to a United Nations Conference at UNESCO Headquarters and was filmed telling the human rights story of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.
Queen Quet is a global literacy advocate that is standing with other world leaders in forwarding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes Sustainable Development Goal 4 that aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.  So, to that end, she will host the“Gullah/Geechee Nation Literacy Celebration” which is part of the “Gullah/Geechee Living History Series” at the St. Helena Branch Library at 6355 Jonathan Francis Drive on historic St. Helena Island, SC on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from Noon to 6:30 pm.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates and honors the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future.
Fifty years ago, UNESCO officially proclaimed 8 September International Literacy Day to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.  So, the “Gullah/Geechee Nation Literacy Celebration” will begin before the day that the entire international community will join in this annual celebration.  The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is encouraging people to come in and meet the authors and purchase and check out books on the 7th and then have family, library, school, and community center read-ins on September 8th and 9th.  They are also encouraging aspiring writers to come to the St. Helena Branch Library to learn about the book publishing technology and software that is available to the community between September 7th and 9th.
Authors on September 7th will include Queen Quet, David Grimm, Lynn Bryant, Shiela Martina, and JD Horn.  Special guests readings will also be done from the works of Heyward Inabinett and Mary Alice Monroe.  Come out to enjoy the history, biographies, and the novels that each of these authors has been inspired to write due to their connections to Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage and traditions.  For the schedule of readings and dialogues with the authors, email GullGeeCo@aol.com or call (843) 255-6486.
 
“Support the legacy of the Gullah/Geechee by continuing to promote literacy!”

#GullahGeechee Nation Appreciation is the Talk of the Town!

August 2, 2016

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Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) was featured on WHHI’s “Talk of the Town” to discuss “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” and how it is celebrated Beaufort countywide.  Every township within Beaufort County, SC including Hilton Head Island, SC which is where WHHI is located, has been participating in the celebration for the past four years.  Yeddi disya fa kno how hunnuh kin be paat ob de “Celebration of Self-Determination!”

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Beaufort County Proclaims Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week!

July 31, 2016

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Beaufort County, SC was the first county in history to proclaim “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” countywide four years ago.  St. Helena Island native, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) was presented with the proclamation for the 2016 countywide celebration during the county council meeting:

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