Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, will present “De Gullah/Geechee: Living Resilience and Sustainability Culturally” on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. in the Communicore Building, room C1-15 as part of the College of Public Health and Health Professions Dean’s Scholar Lecture Series. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.
In her presentation, Queen Quet will discuss the impact of environmental health and climate change on food security and the way of life for the Gullah/Geechee community and how community engagement efforts can combat some of these issues.
Queen Quet is the visionary behind the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank, which centers its work on human health and environmental quality, coupled with the protection of coastal cultural heritage. They seek to ensure equity is a part of the climate change, resilience and sustainability plans being made in the region and nationally. The Gullah/Geechee are African descendants of slaves with strong cultural ties to West Africa, including a distinct Creole language. The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor runs along the Sea Islands, stretching from Jacksonville, Florida to Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Queen Quet’s lecture is hosted by the PHHP office of the dean and the department of environmental and global health.