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

July 10, 2018
QQ Teachin de Chillun 2

 

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) has been on her annual world tour since the beginning of the year.  Given that the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) 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” (www.GullahGeechee.info) 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 (www.GullahGeecheeFishing.net).  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

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Realities of Reconstruction Conference to be held at Reconstruction Era National Monument

May 18, 2018
Realities of Reconstruction Conference to be held at the Reconstruction Era National Monument in Beaufort, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation
 
(18 May 2018, Beaufort, SC, Gullah/Geechee Nation) Join us for the inaugural “Realities of Reconstruction Conference” to be held at the new Mather Museum & Interpretive Center at the Technical College of the Lowcountry campus in Beaufort, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

 

Beaufort County is now the location of the new multi-site Reconstruction Era National Monument.  The “Realities of Reconstruction Conference” will engage those interested in learning more about this largely untold story of the initial steps taken into freedom by the formerly enslaved Africans.   Interactive sessions and films about the Reconstruction Era and the part that people of African descent played as well as how they suffered due to political and financial setbacks will all be part of the dialogues at the “Realities of Reconstruction Conference.”

 

Friday, the “Realities of Reconstruction Conference” will begin with a tour of the new Mather Museum & Interpretive Center followed by “De Gullah/Geechee Reconstruction Storee Tour” led by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com).  The tour will include engagement with the National Park Service interpretive rangers.

 

Saturday, the Reconstruction Luncheon and interactive conference sessions will take place at the site of the Mather School which was established during the Reconstruction Era.  Sessions will be led by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, Ahmad Ward of the Mitchelville Preservation Project, Dr. Najmah Thomas of the Department of Africana Studies at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort (USCB) and the National Park Service. The sessions will conclude in the late afternoon and a closing celebration will take place on historic St. Helena Island, SC with the local Gullah/Geechee community.

 

Sunday, conference participants are encouraged to attend worship services at one of the churches affiliated with the Reconstruction story.  At 2 pm, a caravan will depart from the Gullah/Geechee Visitors Center in order to go to a ceremony in honor of the Combahee River Raid which was led by Harriet Tubman and Colonel Montgomery during the United States Civil War.  Dayclean de African Spirit will conclude this historic ceremony which ends the conference.

 
 
Realities of Reconstruction FlyerFlyer art by Dianne Britton-Dunham and Nizar Ahbir.

 

Pre-Registration is required.  No on-site registrations will be done.  Proceeds will benefit the Mather Museum & Interpretive Center and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition.  Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/realities-of-reconstruction-conference-tickets-41538624143?aff=erelexpmlt

This event is being sponsored by the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, GADA, USCB African Studies Department, the National Park Service, and All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™).

We look forward to bringing the truth of ourstory into reality in Beaufort County, SC.   Cum fa jayn we!

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Springs into Saturday Celebrations!

April 3, 2018

Cum jayn de Gullah/Geechee Famlee een GA and SC disya April ebee Satdee!  The Gullah/Geechee Nation will be welcoming guests from all over the world this April as they host these annual spring celebrations each Saturday:

Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm “Gullah/Geechee Gold Rice Festival” at the St. Helena Island Community Market

This event will be a celebration filled with food, music, and family fun.  Come out and enjoy dancing to music by DJ Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™) while dining on traditional Gullah/Geechee rice dishes prepared by Gullah/Geechee Chefs Benjamin Dennis and Carolee Holmes Brown.   There will be a number of other Gullah/Geechee crafts items, books, CDs, DVDs, clothing and more on sale.   There will be traditional games for the entire family.  Cum fa jayn we fa de fuss “Gullah/Geechee Rice Fest” and yeddi bout de richness ob who de #GullahGeechee be!

Gullah/Geechee Gold Rice Festival 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 11 am to 5 pm “Coastal Cultures Conference 2018”

This is the annual conference sponsored by the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank.” This year the conference returns to Hunting Island, SC and will be a living laboratory focused on emergency preparedness and cultural heritage continuation.  There entire event is interactive along the shoreline including engagements with the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association members.

Coastal Cultures Conference 2018

Registration is required in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coastal-cultures-conference-2018-emergency-preparedness-and-cultural-continuation-in-coastal-tickets-41538499771

Saturday, April 21, 2018 “The Gathering at Geechee Kunda

This annual event at Geechee Kunda is for the entire family.  Cum jayn we!

The Gathering at Geechee Kunda

• Saturday, April 28, 2018 “Gullah Research Day

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is a member of the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank.  They will host a celebration with the Gullah/Geechee community on Johns Island to share the research outcomes that they have had.  The entire day is free and there will be food and fun for the family.

Gullah Research Day Invitation Flyer

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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee featured by the Audubon

March 17, 2018

Queen Quet at Beidler Forest on Maroon Cultural Day

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is an alumni of Toyota TogetherGreen with Audubon.  She participated in the second annual Maroon Cultural Day at Beilder Forest along with members of the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association.   During the celebration, she was asked to discuss her work with Gullah/Geechee SEA & ME which is an environmental engagement and sustainability program that she continues to lead at the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and which is supported by the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank.  Tune een fa yeddi bout disya:

 

Read the entire featured article from that day here:

http://www.audubon.org/news/at-francis-beidler-forest-stories-escaped-slaves-mingle-nature

 

Civil War 3-#StoptheDrill and #GullahGeechee

February 16, 2018

Our morning began in the cold as we left St. Helena Island.  We were on the road at the hour that most of our ancestors and elders had to journey out into the fields and into the creeks.  Ain bin dayclean yet.   Even though the sun wasn’t shining and the wind was cutting, the more of us that got into the car, the warmer it got.  By the time we got to the bus in Yemassee, our fire for freedom was a blaze and it felt hot.

As our bus headed up the ramp from Beaufort County, more buses left from Georgetown and Charleston County.   They thought that they would make the decisions for us in the Midlands and in DC, but we were coming to let them know that we already decided what would take place in the Lowcountry to protect the Gullah/Geechee.

On board the bus, I felt like we were taking yet another freedom ride and through it would have to turn this political tide.  As I stood on the steps of the South Carolina State House, I stood firm and listened very closely.  As I heard the words from the representative from Greeleyville ringing out saying “We want our freedom now!” coupled with the words back to back from the other representatives saying that we are here to send a clear message to Washington, DC, I stood there thinking “South Carolina is firing again and this will be Civil War 3!”

South Carolina was the first state to succeed from the Union if you will recall the history.  Reconstruction was, as the documentary is entitled, “the second civil war” for Black people coming out of slavery.   So, as the words rang out that we will NOT be dictated to by DC, I stood there proud that so many agree with the stand of the Gullah/Geechee.

Gullah/Geechee Stand Up to #StoptheDrill and #ProtectOurCoast

Gullah/Geechee natives Michael F. Rivers and Robert Brown who are representatives in the South Carolina Legislature came and stood with the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association.  The moment will forever be embossed in my mind and in ourstory of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  In order to #StoptheDrill and #ProtectOurCoast we took a stand.  We will NOT allow seismic guns and oil to destroy our cultural heritage, our waters, and our Sea Island sand!   We stood for those that can no longer physically march nor stand and we will continue this fight with all that we can.

United were the people that took this freedom journey from our coast to the middle of the state and I will never forget the powerful energy that filled us on that date.   It is now time to get more people to speak through their pens and online.  We have until March 8th to enter comments in opposition to seismic guns and oil drilling one more time.  I pray that folks will write in to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) juss likka we.  We will not give up the fight to protect our homeland nor the sea!   Hunnuh chllun, cum be souljahs een disya armee wid de #GullahGeechee!  Cum unite een disya fight wid we!

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

Queen Quet Speaking Out at #StopTheDrill #ProtectOurCoast Rally

To hear some of the words Queen Quet shared at the rally to #StoptheDrill and #ProtectOurCoast, check out some of the media coverage:

• http://www.wltx.com/video/news/local/hundreds-gather-in-opposition-of-offshore-drilling/101-8007623

• http://www.wistv.com/clip/14124082/busloads-of-oil-drilling-protesters-confront-boem-in-town-hall-event

• https://www.facebook.com/StopOffshoreDrillingintheAtlantic/videos/2116119771957757/

 

After viewing, please get your comments in to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).   You can submit the comments and letters here: https://www.boem.gov/National-Program-Comment/  Please cc the letters to the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition at GullGeeCo@aol.com as well.