The East Side Freedom Library and the Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invite you to a discussion with:
“Free ta be Who WEBE: The Gullah/Geechee Fight for Freedom and Identity.”
A Book Reading and Discussion with Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head of State of the Gullah/Geechee Nation
Please join us for a book reading and discuss with Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation of the Sea Islands of South Carolina. Queen Quet, a highly esteemed storyteller, environmental activist, artist and healer, will discuss the history, heritage and culture of the Gullah/Geechee, a community of post-enslaved Africans who actively preserved their West Africannness in spite of the violence of slavery, Native genocide and post-slave migration. ESFL is appreciative that the University of Minnesota’s Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts and the Feminist Studies Department have invited us to host a community conversation with Queen Quet during her visit to the Twin Cities.
The Gullah/Geechee region of the eastern United States has long been recognized as the site of a particularly rich African American culture, revolving around the cultivation of rice and indigo and the maintenance of West African cultural traditions. These characteristics have been imperiled by the expansion of high-end tourism, on the one hand, and the consequences of climate change, on the other. Queen Quet has been an important spokesperson in her community and around the world for cultural and environmental justice.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018. 7:00 – 9:00 PM
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street, St. Paul
Free and open to all