Gullah-Geechee people do have a spokesperson

July 2, 2009 

It was very disturbing to read in a recent column about the Gullah-Geechee Heritage Corridor Commission that there is no official spokesperson for the Gullah-Geechee community. In the mid-'90s, Marquetta Goodwine ("Queen Quet") was chosen by her people to serve in this capacity. She is listed as such on the official site of the National Park Service (www.nps.gov/guge/parkmgmt/index.htm).

I am hoping that at best, this is an oversight and not an intentional move to usurp the authentic leadership of the community she so ably represents.Since the Heritage Corridor was established to preserve the living culture of the Gullah-Geechee people, whom Queen Quet has been championing around the nation and the world, it would be a tremendous disservice to tarnish this cultural and historical diamond through unseemly jockeying for position against the established leader.

If you remove the heart and soul of any living entity, what you have left is an unsustainable carcass.

Audrey Peterman

Atlanta, Ga.

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