Posts Tagged ‘St. Helena Branch Library’

Black Music Month on Historic St. Helena Island Launches with the Sea Island Sounds Celebration

May 25, 2017
Sea Island Sounds at St. Helena Market
June is “Black Music Month.”  This annual celebration in the Gullah/Geechee Nation will begin at the St. Helena Island Community Market with the “Sea Island Sounds Celebration” on Saturday, June 3, 2017 featuring songstresses, Mahoganee and GwenYvette.  Both of these dynamic singers will be releasing new songs and the audience at the celebration will be the first to hear them at the Dr. Martin Luther King Park on historic St. Helena Island on that day.  The event begins at 10 am and ends at 3 pm.
Due to the fact that the “Sea Island Sounds Celebration” will take place at the same time that Gullah/Geechees Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nationcommemorate the Combahee River Raid that was led by Harriet Tubman, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation will also do a Spirituals presentation to honor Mother Moses and the creation of these songs on the Sea Islands.  The Spirituals are the official music of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the state of South Carolina.
 
DJ Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions
Throughout the celebration DJ Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™) will also spin a variety of music by Gullah/Geechee artists that people may not be aware were natives of the area.  There will be an exhibition curated from De Gullah/Geechee Alkbulan Archive about these artists that will also be on display at the landmark St. Helena Branch Library throughout the month.  Many may want to view it when the new “Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club” showings take place there on Saturday, June 24th.  The Noon film will be “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” which highlights Gullah/Geechee Hall of Famer, James Jamison of the “Funk Brothers” and the 2:30 pm film will be “Reconstruction: The Second Civil War” which Queen Quet appeared in and sang for.
 
The Sea Island Sounds Celebration and the “Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club” showings in celebration of Black Music Month are all FREE and open to the public.  CDs, books, DVDs, craft items, and Gullah/Geechee food will be on sale at the Sea Island Sounds Celebration.  
 
For more information, email GullGeeCo@aol.com, go to www.gullahgeecheenation.com or follow @GullahGeechee on Twitter and Instagram.
 
Advance passes can be obtained from:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sea-island-sounds-celebration-at-st-helena-community-market-tickets-33637151626?aff=erelexpmlt
 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gullahgeechee-tv-movie-club-standing-in-the-shadows-of-motown-and-reconstruction-tickets-34806692755?aff=erelexpmlt

The advance passes will be used for prize drawings during the events.

 
Bring chairs and put on your dancing shoes for this celebration of
Black music!

Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club Launches with “Reconstruction: The Second Civil War”

March 22, 2017

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition will continue its “Gullah/Geechee Living History” series with a series of movies at the St. Helena Branch Library on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  The entire community is invited to come out to be a part of the new “Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club.”   Each showing will involve dialogues and links to additional educational resources for each film or TV broadcast.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War

The “Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club” will begin on Saturday, May 20th with Part 1 of the documentary, “Reconstruction: The Second Civil Warwhich will be introduced by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) who appeared in and consulted for the documentary which aired on PBS when it was first released.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War

Given that Beaufort County is now part of the new multi-site “Reconstruction Era National Monument,” this film showing will be a wonderful continuation of the celebration of this historic designation!

For more information email GullGeeCo@aol.com.

Come celebrate the Gullah/Geechee historical legacy at the

“Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club!”  

Hunnuh gwine yeddi plenee bout webe!

Gittin Ready fa de Gullah/Geechee Family Reunion Workshop

December 30, 2016

De Gullah/Geechee Angel Network
&
De Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition present

“Gittin Ready fa de Gullah/Geechee Family Reunion:
An Interactive Family Collections Digitization and Protection Workshop”

Saturday, March 25, 2017
10 am to 5 pm

St. Helena Branch Library
Historic St. Helena Island, SC

in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

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This FREE workshop sponsored by the SC Humanities Council requires pre-registration and a commitment to the entire day.

Sessions will include:

• Registration and Opening Discussion of the Value of Cultural Heritage Resources by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com)

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• Valuing and Creating Family Archives by St. Helena Branch Library Head Librarian Maria Benac

• Interactive Session on Scrapbooking versus Archiving led by Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition Archive Trainees

• Lunch with a Gullah/Geechee Documentary Showing

• Discussion on the challenges and opportunities faced by the living culture with Dr. Amir Jamal Toure of Savannah State University and Dr. Najmah Thomas of the University of South Carolina


• Let’s Get Ready for the Family Reunion” Interactive Digitization Session led by the Queen Quet

• Graduation

For more information contact the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition at GullGeeCo@aol.com.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gittin-ready-fa-de-gullahgeechee-family-reunion-an-interactive-family-collections-workshop-tickets-30575561327

Cum jayn we and git de famlee readee!

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
 

Gullah:Geechee Nation Literacy Celebration Flyer

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!”

Boxer Zeke Wilson featured on Gullah/Geechee TV

July 1, 2016

Queen Quet & Boxer Zeke Wilson

Tune in to this week’s episode of Gullah/Geechee TV (GGTV) as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation interviews boxer, Zeke Wilson who is a native of historic St. Helena Island, SC.  He has returned home to do a special book signing at the St. Helena Branch Library on July 6, 2016 at 6 pm.   Be there to get in the ring for “The Eighth Round.”