Queen Quet (Marquetta L. Goodwine) Chieftess and Head of State of the Gullah Geechee Nation is visiting Guilford College this week to lead an educational series called Journey into Blackness that discusses the Gullah Geechee experience, with the troupe, “De Gullah Cunneckshun.” For the last two years,Guilford College first year Bonner Scholars have spent a week in the Low Country of South Carolina learning about the history of the Gulllah/Geechee and how they continue to preserve their rich culture. Queen Quet and family has been a gracious hosts and teachers on our two visits.
Events are: Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., documentary “Uprooted,” with viewing, discussion, Q&A, and book/CD signing, Bryan Auditorium; Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., histo-musical lecture, Bryan Auditorium; Thursday, 5-6:30 p.m.,conversation with Queen Quet, Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center; and Friday, 3-6 p.m., closing celebration, Bryan Auditorium.
Goodwine, who is the founder of the Gullah Geechee SeaIsland Coalition, is sponsored by Africana Community and the Bonner Center. Call Jada Drew at 316-2473 for more information. The Gullah Geechee are African Americans who live in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and Georgia,which includes both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands.