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Gullah Geechee Leadership Institute

Inspired by the social justice movement of our community, the Gullah Geechee Leadership Institute strives to be a policies and issues education resource for the community. Based on a sound foundation of education, we hope to motivate leaders who will advocate for policies on the issues that impact the Gullah community. Key among those issues are:

Issues:

Gullah Geechee Leadership Institute

Inspired by the social justice movement of our community, the Gullah Geechee Leadership Institute strives to be a policies and issues education resource for the community. Based on a sound foundation of education, we hope to motivate leaders who will advocate for policies on the issues that impact the Gullah community. Key among those issues are:

Cultural Appropriation

The Gullah Geechee Leadership Institute calls for the immediate end of the cultural appropriation of the Gullah Geechee language, food and cooking traditions, worship experience and artistic expression for the financial gain of those who cannot or unwilling to trace lineage to the enslaved, Black persons who built this country through their blood, sweat and tears of their free labor in the Sea Islands and coastal Inland areas of Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia; as well as those forced to migrate from the above listed geographic areas to seek better economic opportunity.

We call for our community and those individuals who support and respect our community to take direct action:

1.

 Demand Individuals and companies to cease and desist the cultural appropriation of the terms “Gullah,” Geechee” and/or “Geechie.”

2.

Boycott companies without transparent Gullah/African American ownership who are appropriating the terms “Gullah,” “Geechee,” and’or “Geechie” and/or imagery of members of the Gullah community.

3.

Increase and continue to spend money in Gullah/Black-owned businesses.

Energy and Environment

When it comes to decision making, Gullah community voices are not heard or interest represented. Too often, others make the decisions and we are left holding the bag. 

  • Rural households across the United States spend a disproportionately high share of their income on energy bills — about 40% more than their metropolitan counterparts.
  • The problem is most glaring in the East and Southeast, and among low-income households across all regions.

  • Overall, rural households have a median energy burden — the percentage of a household’s income spent on home energy bills for needs such as air conditioning, heating, lighting, appliances, and cooking — of 4.4%, which is one-third higher than the national burden.

Rising sea levels along the coast of SC, GA, FL and NC are impacting our waterways and land in the Gullah community now.

Energy Bills

Metropolitan Households
Rural Households
spend 40% more

The Gullah Geechee Leadership Institute calls for the following action items in addressing energy and environmental issues: