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.”