The University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professionals welcomes keynote speaker, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation for their Dean's Scholar Lecture Series. Queen Quet will present "De Gullah/Geechee: Living Resilience & Sustainability Culturally" in Communicore C1-15 on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 3 to 4 pm.
A reception and book signing will follow this presentation which is part of Queen Quet's "Healin de Land World Tour."
Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine is the Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. She is the first queen mother and officially selected and elected spokesperson and liaison of the Gullah/Geechee people. The Gullah/Geechee are African descendants of slaves (ADOS) with strong cultural ties to West Africa, including a distinct creole language spoken by the Gullah. The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor runs along the Sea Islands, stretching from Jacksonville, Florida to Jacksonville, North Carolina. The Gullah/Geechee have a rich history in Florida given their role as escaped slaves who later became known as the Black Seminole. The Gullah/Geechee have long subsisted on the ocean and the land and their cultural heritage embodies the One Health Framework.