The founders of Black History Month, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), will host their annual conference in North Charleston at the beginning of October to coincide with the Moja Arts Festival. ASALH honored Queen Quet of the Gullah Geechee Nation as a “Living Legend” during a special luncheon on Capitol Hill and she will join fellow “Living Legend,” Dr. Najmah Thomas, Elder Carlie Towne and Dr. Jessica Berry for a panel discussion at this year’s conference entitled “Historical Impacts of Migration on the Gullah Geechee Nation.”
This panel will be held at 2pm on October 2nd and is the pre-opening event for the beginning of Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month. The official launch event is a Gullah Geechee Dinner Dance. All Mobile Productions will provide music and Ragina Scott Saunders will be hosting the evening at her Pay-What-You-Can Destiny Café in North Charleston. The evening begins with the ribbon cutting of the Queen Quet Gullah Geechee Legacy Library at 6pm. Queen Quet will also host a signing that evening and share from her new novels. The event is free to the public and advance registration is required. To register, click here.
Since Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month coincides with Black History Month in the United Kingdom, Queen Quet will head to Scotland and England for the Climate Heritage Mobilization Network Launch where she will then continue her “Healin de Land World Tour.” She will then continue her “Healin de Land World Tour” by proceeding to Preston England to present at the English Literature & Creative Writing’s ‘In Conversation Series’, on October 28 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the Creative Innovation Zone (ME 414), Media Factory 4th Floor, Kirkham Street, PR1 2HE. Reservations are required at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/queen-quet-presents-on-the-reality-of-being-gullahgeechee-tickets-73545810499.
Throughout the month the public is encouraged to tune in to Gullah Geechee Riddim Radio and to Gullah Geechee TV to see the broadcast of activities taking place in the UK and about the Gullah Geechee history and culture in general. Follow Gullah Geechee Nation on Facebook and on Twitter @GullahGeechee for daily historical and cultural heritage postings.
The culmination of the celebration of the month will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Geechee Kunda in Riceboro, GA. A Gullah/Geechee Famlee fundraiser will take place at this museum and cultural history interpretive site on the Georgia Coast.