Posts Tagged ‘St. Helena Island’

Queen Quet’s AFWLC Roundtable

August 22, 2017

Africa Fashion Week Lowcountry will be an opportunity for citizens and guests of historic St. Helena Island, SC to meet and engage with Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation at “De Queen’s Roundtable.”  The event will be held at the Hampton House at Penn Center, Inc. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 6 to 7:30 pm.  Admission is by donation and books, CDs, and DVDs will be on sale.

Queen Quet will present on “De Gullah/Geechee Ooman a Cut Above de Ress and Ahead ob e Time!”  She will focus on the fashions of Gullah/Geechee women and her work within the fashion industry.

Queen Quet's AFWLC Roundtable

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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!

Celebrate Gullah/Geechee Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency on St. Helena Island

March 26, 2017
Celebrate Gullah/Geechee Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency at the St. Helena Island Community Market’s 
Tunis Campbell Day
St. Helena Community Market Tunis Campbell Day
The St. Helena Island Community Market will open its second month of activities for 2017 with “Tunis Campbell Day” and a seed swap on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park on historic St. Helena Island, SC.  The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is proud to collaborate with the market on this celebration of Gullah/Geechee sustainability and self-sufficiency in honor of Freedman’s Bureau Commissioner Tunis Campbell who assisted with land redistribution on the Sea Islands.  Given that Beaufort County is now the location of the new multi-site US Reconstruction Era National Monument, the St. Helena Island Community Market participants seek to provide more information to the attendees regarding this aspect of history.   To that end, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) will do a presentation regarding Tunis Campbell at “Tunis Campbell Day.”
 
Queen Quet will also celebrate the anniversary of her first visit to the United Nations to speak to the Human Rights Commission on behalf of Gullah/Geechee people at the “Tunis Campbell Day.”  That historic event took place on April 1, 1999.  Queen Quet has dedicated her life to protecting Gullah/Geechee land rights and the continuation of Gullah/Geechee culture.  Her life has many parallels to that of Tunis Campbell.  She also served as a federal commissioner and encountered many of the obstacles to land rights protection that Tunis Campbell did.   Being a native of St. Helena Island caused Queen Quet to know what Sea Island self-sufficiency is first hand and she is proud to be a part of the St. Helena Island Community Market which continues to support self-sufficiency and sustainability.
Queen Quet will do a book, CD, and DVD signing and there will be a number of other crafts and musical artists and entrepreneurs taking part in the St. Helena Island Community Market which takes place on the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month.  For those that are interested in more information about the market, please email info@StHelenaIslandCommunityMarket.com or go to www.StHelenaIslandCommunityMarket.com or email GullGeeCo@aol.com.
 
Cum jayn we fa celebrate Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Self-Sufficiency!

Hollywood “Underground” in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

February 28, 2017
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Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation directs the rice paddy scene for “Underground” Season 2.

The WGN hit series, “Underground” found its way to the Gullah/Geechee Nation to shoot Season 2. Not only did they film in Savannah, GA, the story is set on the Sea Islands. Numerous native Gullah/Geechees will appear in the coming season. In order to authenticate the Gullah/Geechee traditions and songs that are depicted, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) was brought in to be the Gullah/Geechee Consultant for the series.

Queen Quet who just celebrated her anniversary as an Association of African American Life and History (ASALH) “Living Legend” is a native of historic St. Helena Island, SC. Queen Quet is no stranger to working with Hollywood. She was also the Gullah/Geechee Heritage Consultant for the Hollywood blockbuster, “The Patriot.” She has appeared in feature films, TV shows, and numerous documentaries. As much as she enjoys being on camera, she enjoys helping to write and direct. She got a chance to work with all of these aspects of this season’s “Underground.”

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Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) Gullah/Geechee Consultant for WGN’s “Underground” at work on the set of Season 2.

Queen Quet was also one of the people that led the establishment of the “National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.” She has spent decades working on Underground Railroad research and has toured with her own production, “The Underground Railroad: A Geechee Girl’s Escape.” It tells the story of a young woman running from the Sea Islands during the period of chattel enslavement whereas “Underground” has folks coming to the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

Many that come to St. Helena Island seek out two of their natives that are known around the world-Queen Quet and American Idol winner, Candice Glover. They will get a chance to see them on their screens from the comfort of their own homes shortly as these two get to proudly represent their ancestors on “Underground” which premieres on WGN on March 8th. They want everyone to RISE UP and tune in! E gwine be a time!

Fa lil taste a wha cumin pun “Underground” wha da Gullah/Geechee, tek a look a disya and see:

 

 

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President Obama Declares National Reconstruction Monument in Beaufort, SC

January 12, 2017

President Barak Obama declared three new United States National Monuments by using the Antiquities Act to “preserve critical chapters of our country’s history” and to “ensure that our national parks, monuments and public lands are fully reflective of our nation’s diverse history and culture.”  One of these new national monuments is the multi-site “Reconstruction National Monument” in Beaufort County, SC.  It will include the Brick Baptist Church and Darrah Hall which are both in the Penn Center National Landmark Historic District on St. Helena Island, SC as well as the site of the Emancipation Oak at Camp Saxton in Port Royal.   All of these sites have major significance to the spiritual and land rights story of the Gullah/Geechee Nation as well as to the on-going battle for freedom and full recognition of the contributions of people of African descent to America.

When the journey began a decade and a half ago in regard to posing the idea of having a Reconstruction study conducted by the US National Park Service, there was major opposition by the descendants of the Confederacy.  However, when Congressman James Clyburn and Director Jonathan Jarvis hosted a public meeting on historic St. Helena Island, SC during December 2016, every person that spoke was in favor of the “Reconstruction National Monument.”  Every face from which a voice emitted reflected the full spectrum of “diversity” since there was a wide array of Gullah/Geechee and non-Gullah/Geechee, anglo and people of color, male and female, and no doubt folks from a varying array of political parties and positions in the church.  I am sure that Brick Church had not seen such a mixture of people fill this building to the rafters since the Civil War era!

dsc08611As I sat there and witnessed and documented this historic moment, I thought about how the discussion previously was ready to ignite just what a documentary that I consulted for used as a sub-heading-the second civil war!  Now, even if some of the parties in the room were there looking at this controversial era as another way to bring in tourism dollars versus an opportunity to finally tell the entire story, it was a blessing that there will now be a platform from which this story will be revisited.  This time it will include what Gullah/Geechees did during that era and how we still dey ya pun de land wha bin paat ob disya!

Gullah/Geechees in Reconstruction: The Second Civil War

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation consulted for “Reconstruction: The Second Civil War” and sang for the score. She is one of the re-enactors in several scenes as depicted here in the Tunis Campbell settlement scene shot on the Georgia coast of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.gullahgeecheenation.com).

After having served on the National Park Service Relevancy Committee, it feels good to know that our discussions about how the NPS would go forth after its 100th anniversary was not in vain.  President Obama and all those that supported this effort have insured that the national monuments reflected in the system will be diverse and relevant to people from all walks of life including those of a rural Sea Island.

As I walked out of the Brick Baptist Church down the dirt road on my beloved St. Helena Island, as I have done countless times in my life, I felt like I was walking with many of those that we still honor such as Harriet Tubman, Charlotte Forten, Suzie King Taylor, Martin Delaney, and the 1st South Carolina Volunteers that left their tracks in the Sea Island soil of Beaufort County, SC.  They seemed to be back standing on the island once again ready to shout like folks did at the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.  I was shouting with them because I have been blessed to work with people that love history with all its pains and controversy, trials, and triumphs.  We have stood together to battle to insure that the entire story was told and our cries were heard inside the White House!  As a result, we have definitely had a triumph with the declaration of the “Reconstruction National Monument” in Beaufort County, SC!  Tenki Tenki frum allawe President Barak Obama!

Peace,

Queen Quet

Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Founder, Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition


Tune in to “Reconstruction: The Second Civil War” to learn more about the significance of that era: