The Destiny Community Café in North Charleston is a pay-what-you can-café that evolved from feeding the body primarily to also feeding the mind. In October they hosted the ribbon cutting for the Queen Quet Gullah Geechee Legacy Library in partnership with Barnes and Noble book stores. Through the Destiny Community Café Book Drive, books for all ages on Gullah Geechee history and culture (and black history books in general) can be donated to Barnes and Noble’s West Ashley and North Charleston locations.
Stop in to the North Charleston location at 1PM December 7th for storytelling and crafts while making your donations. Then culminate the season at the West Ashley Barnes and Noble with the Gullah Geechee Holy Days Celebration on December 21st from noon to 3PM.
The Gullah Geechee Holy Days Celebration will include a presentation by Queen Quet. Carolee Holmes Brown of St. Helena Island will have traditional handmade quilts on sale as she creates one on site and Quadré Stuckey will have his artwork and books on sale. Sweetgrass artist and drummer, Anastatia Ketchen, will lead a special presentation fa de chillun and de famlee and Naturally Geechee skin care products will be available for purchase.
Contributions made at these events support Destiny Community Outreach, Inc. whose mission is to assist low income individuals in becoming productive, self-sufficient members of society.
In 2020, the Destiny Community Café will offer Gullah Geechee Lunch and Learn programming including summer reading, story time, bookmobile and bag lunch visits, arts and crafts, performers, book giveaways and other activities like cooking, music, poetry, sweetgrass basketry and palmetto rose making, rag quilting and painting. There will also be science and invention research sessions.
Ragina Scott Saunders shares a piece of history into the meals in her soul food with Gullah Geechee roots. She will offer Gullah recipes sessions both at Barnes and Noble and the café.
For more information, contact Mrs. Ragina Scott Saunders by phone at (843) 640-1045 or via email at DestinyCommunitycafe@yahoo.com.