Marquetta Goodwine became Queen Quet after being elected Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation.. A native of St Helena Island, South Carolina, she is an author, preservationist, computer science, lecturer and performance artist.
In 2008, she recorded the story of the Gullah/Geechee at UNESCO headquarters in Paris for the UN archives. Her activism began with securing land rights for Gullah/Geechee people, who often passed land down through the generations without any legal documentation to prove ownership. In 1996, she founded the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition to support the continuation of Gullah/Geechee culture.
Queen Quet joins confirmed speakers:
• Gus Casely-Hayford, OBE, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC, and internationally respected British curator, historian and filmmaker.
• Gail Lord President and co-founder of Lord Cultural Resources, formed in 1981 to address a need for planning services in the museum, cultural and heritage sector.