Date: Wed, 1 Jan 97 09:32:43 CST
Subject: Gullah/Geechee: Preserving African Culture in America
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 1996 14:01:03 -0500
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From: Omar Benton Ricks <web2420@CHARWEB.ORG>
Subject: ***Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coaliton*** (fwd)
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Date: Fri, 27 Dec 1996 16:21:54 -0500
Subject: ***Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coaliton***
Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition
27 December 1996
Peace Gullah Supporter!
We thank you for your interest in Gullah and Geechee cultures. We have now
formed an organization to preserve these cultures and we hope that you will
support our endeavors.
Ef oona dey frum de lowcountree an de
islant, lookya, e da time fa go bak. Disyah
da wey fa cum toggedda wid wi peepol fa
hold on ta de tings wa wi peepol lef wi.
If you are someone that is concerned about
the preservation of the branch of Africa's tree
that has grown in America, this is a way for
you to assist in nurturing and protecting that
Please join our coalition today by filling out
the enclosed application. Also, contact us to
find out details on our current activities and
what is to come.
Extended Kinship Appeal, Inc. and
the Afrikan Kultural Arts Networkx
Post Office Box 40-0199
Brooklyn NY 11240-0199
"Mus tek cyear a de root fa heal de tree."
A direct link to the continent of Africa exist in the
Sea Islands of the United States. In the islands that
are a part of South Carolina, Georgia, and North
Florida, Gullah and Geechee culture began during
the enslavement of African people in America. It is
directly related to the African traditional cultures of
the people of Windward or Rice Coast of West Africa.
Due to isolation on islands off the coast, the African
people there did not have too much contact with
people of other races except Native Americans.
Thus, they were able to maintain their culture,
language, and traditions unlike African people that
were living on the "mainland." Gullah and Geechee
Sea Islanders transformed these traditions into a
new and distinct African American culture.
Due to the peaked interest in the Sea Islands and the
Gullah and Geechee cultures from which her
family's roots in America stem, Marquetta L.
Goodwine originated the annual Gullah
Excursionx to Beaufort, South Carolina, home of
the Gullah and Geechee people and cultures. Ms.
Goodwine has been taking small groups to Beaufort
(from which her roots stem) since 1986. She has
since expanded her mission on making sure that the
history of Gullahs and Geechees is preserved and
told accurately. She has put together conferences
that have gone as far as Nova Scotia, Canada that
focus on the development of Sea Island heritage.
As an outgrowth of the Ourstory & Heritage
Conferencex 1996 which focused on "Sea Island
Survival," Goodwine is now heading the
development of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition" This organization
promote and participate in the preservation
of Gullah and Geechee history, heritage, culture,
work toward Sea Island land re-acquisition
celebrate Gullah and Geechee cultures
through artistic and education means electronically
and via "grassroots scholarship."
The "Gullah/Geechee Sea Island
Preservation Coalition" was kicked off on
Saturday, December 21, 1996 at Leroy
Campbell's Spiritual Rhythms Gallery in
Brooklyn, NY. The Afrikan Kultural Arts
Networkx(AKANx) will host kickoff celebrations in
various locations around the United States
during 1997. The first was held in New
York City since this is where the AKANx
main headquarters are located.
Throughout 1997 there will be several events that
will be done to finance the coalitions projects which
will include a newsletter and the beginning of a Sea
Island Preservation Fund. These events include a
special Gullah Excursionx with the theme
"Return to the Roots" in February for one week
which will stop in North Carolina, and go on to visit
the Sea Islands of SC and GA. The participants will
stay in SC. This trip will be in conjunction with the
winter recess for NYC public schools and with the
First Annual Gullah Native Islander Celebration on
Hilton Head Island.
Membership in the coalition is open to all those that
are interested in the mission of uplifting and
maintaining this unique part of African and
American history and culture. Details on the tours
and activities for 1997 and on supporting the
Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition are available through the Afrikan
Kultural Arts Networkx(AKANx).
For more information, contact AKANx at (212)
439-1026 or write P O Box 40-0199 Bklyn NY
11240-0199 or by sending e-mail to
GullGeeCo@aol.com or Gullah-
To keep up with our activities via the Internet you can become a subscriber to the
Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Roots List
Simply send a message that says "Subscribe" in the
subject header and a message which states
"Subscribe" <screenname> <real name> to
For example: If you are Sue Smith and your e-mail
address is Sue@infobro.com, you would type
Subscribe Sue@infobro.com Sue Smith
* Send postings on activities, Sea Island
developments and history, linguistic developments
and information, questions, and comments to:
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Extended Kinship Appeal, Inc. and
the Afrikan Kultural Arts Networkx(AKANx)
Post Office Box 40-0199 Brooklyn NY 11240-0199
* You can see information on Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition activities
AKANx "Gullah Connections" site on the
World Wide Web at