The Gullah/Geechee Angel Network is having a fundraiser!!
Elder Carlie Towne is the Director of The Gullah/Geechee Angel Network and presently serves as Minister of Information of The Gullah/Geechee Nation under the Leadership of Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. She was born and raised in Union Heights, a Gullah/Geechee neighborhood in the Neck Area between the City of Charleston, South Carolina, and North Charleston, South Carolina, to parents who also are from Union Heights.
Elder Carlie Towne, a producer, play-write, poet, historian, TV host and narrator who wrote and produced an audio tape entitled, “My Journey to the Gullah/Geechee People” and “It is a Cultural Affair”. She also wrote and produced several plays for the Moja Arts Festival; and served as a committee member on the Moja Arts Festival for over 20 years. She says: “Our richness is in our Gullah Geechee Culture, our untapped resources and our youth. We must connect them to the Gullah/Geechee Nation so the Youth, Elders, Families and Friends can continue to connect to build our infrastructure for a win-win situation.”
Which is exactly what Elder Towne will be doing with the upcoming fundraiser, “Sunday at Hannibal’s”, an evening of Gullah/Geechee history, food, music and poetry! Proceeds will benefit, “Yenna Chiren House”, a Gullah/Geechee art, technology and information hub with emphasis on Gullah/Geechee history and culture.
This event will be held at Hannibal’s on 16 Blake Street on Sunday August 12, 2018 from 6PM-9PM. Tickets are $25.00 per person.
The Gullah/Geechee Angel Network’s mission is to preserve, protect and promote the cultural heritage of the Gullah Geechee People who have lived in the southeastern portion of the United States of America from North Carolina to Florida 30 miles inland (known as the “Low Country”) for over 300 years. To connect all people, not just in the 50 states, but internationally throughout the Diaspora, Europe, Caribbean and Africa.
Their goals and objectives are achieved by the implementation of the following seven point program:
- The Performing Arts: Musical plays, dramatizations, poetry, storytelling, enactments and workshops
- Arts and Crafts: Workshops in the production and displaying of traditional Gullah/Geechee cultural items. Demonstrative workshops that encourage the development of functional skills and forms of expression to potentially showcase and stimulate direct participation in the growing ethnic tourism industry, festivals and cultural events
- Educational: The establishment of Cultural Learning Centers designed to foster motivation, achievement and cultural enrichment. Historical/Research excursions from the tip of North Carolina (Cape Fear) to the outlining areas of Jacksonville, Florida.
- Scholarships and Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award programs and events recognizing those persons who have given selflessly of themselves, and have done considerable work for the benefits of their particular community as it relates to cultural preservation. Awarding Scholarships to youth who exhibit talent, and are oriented toward developing skills which foster Gullah/Geechee Culture
- The Internet and The Media: Networking with organizations, institutions and groups which focus on Gullah/Geechee Culture. Consistently present positive role models and activities to the Lowcountry in particular, and to in the Diaspora in general
- Production, Preservation and Documentation: Production and archiving of Gullah/Geechee video and audio recordings, books, symbols and banners. Radio, television and computer production programming
- Health and Nutrition Awareness: Forums and symposiums which explore lifestyles, food staples, food cultivation and preparation of Gullah/Geechee cuisine, as well as developing holistic programs to promote well-being
So, Cum Jine we for Gullah/Geechee history, food, music and poetry!