For over two decades, Queen Quet has embarked on a world tour to raise awareness and funds to protect Gullah Geechee culture throughout the Sea Islands and Lowcountry. Since 2012, Gullah Geechee Appreciation Week, sponsored by the Gullah Geechee Coalition, has expanded throughout the Gullah Geechee heritage area from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL.
Queen Quet has been traveling the world inviting the Gullah Geechee people throughout the diaspora to return home and be part of the celebration, which will be launched at noon on July 27, 2019 on Mosquito Beach. The Oba of Oyotunji African Village, Mayor John Tecklenburg of the City of Charleston and Mayor Johnny Miller of the Town of Fernandina Beach, FL will all be present at the opening reconnection circle ceremony. Charleston and Colleton County Councils will present proclamations at their council meetings during Gullah Geechee Appreciation Week as well.
This year’s theme is “Healin de Land & Holdin pun de Culcha” and it will come to life with a series of events ranging from Gullah Geechee Famlee Day on Mosquito Beach to a lecture and exhibition dialogue entitled Tru de Eyes of the Gullah at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland. There will also be an oyster reef build and block party sponsored by Preserve the Gullah at Mosquito Beach. Festivities will culminate with a dinner at Scott’s Grand in North Charleston.
All events are family friendly and require advance registration or ticket purchases. Proceeds from Gullah Geechee Appreciation Week will provide economic support to Gullah Geechee owned businesses and organizations across the community.