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Queen Quet /
Marquetta L. Goodwine
Queen Quet was the first Gullah/Geechee person to speak on behalf of
her people before the United Nations in Genevé, Switzerland. She was
one of the first of seven inductees to the Gullah/Geechee Nation Hall of
Fame. She received the “Anointed Spirit Award” for her leadership and for
being a visionary. In 2008, she was recorded at UNESCO Headquarters
in Paris, France at a United Nations Conference in order to have the
human rights story of the Gullah/Geechee people archived for the United
Nations. In 2009, she was invited by the Office of the High Commissioner
of the United Nations to come and present before the newly founded
“Minority Forum” as a representative of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and
the International Human Rights Association for American Minorities
(IHRAAM). She represented these bodies and the Gullah/Geechee Nation
at the “United Nations Forum on Minority Rights.”

Queen Quet has appeared in and consulted for over a dozen films that
range from full length action films to historic documentaries. She has
been interviewed by national and international media for television, radio,
and print. She has been seen and heard on programs in Australia, China,
Germany, Mexico, the Bahamas, Canada, England, and different
countries in Africa. She also has become the host of “Gullah/Geechee
Gwine On Nayshun Nyews” which is broadcast by “Gullah/Geechee TV.”
In September 2010, she spoke before a full house and received a
standing ovation at the United States National Press Club in Washington,
DC as she educated the crowd on the language and continuing traditions
of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

Queen Quet has won countless awards for being a woman of distinction,
for her scholarship, writings, artistic presentation, activism, cultural
continuation and environmental preservation. Her accolades include the
United States Jefferson Award for community service, the Jean Laney Folk
Heritage Award for Gullah Advocacy from the state of South Carolina, the
inaugural HOTEP Award, the inaugural MaVynee Betsch Conservation
Award, numerous Woman of Distinction Awards, the National Black
Herstory Award, and several Queen Quet Day and “Gullah/Geechee Days”
proclamations in various states. She received the “Preserving Our Places
in History Lifetime Achievement Award” from the South Carolina African
American Heritage Commission. The General Assembly of South
Carolina also honored Queen Quet with Resolution 1453 for the work that
she has done on behalf of her home state and Gullah/Geechee people
locally, nationally, and internationally.

She was selected, elected, and enstooled by her people to be the first
Queen Mother, “head pun de bodee,” and official spokesperson for the
Gullah/Geechee Nation. As a result, she is respectfully referred to as
“Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and Head-of-State.”
briefing on “The Gullah/Geechee Nation."
‘We Are Not an Island’
The Gullah/Geechee Nation,
extending from North
Carolina to Florida,
battles against corporate
encroachment,
environmental racism,
and climate change.

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