A Wake Up Call: Soon There Won't Be Any Land Left
Land in the Lowcountry is a hot commodity. Developers are finding more and more loop holes into a system that once protected historic lands in the Sea Islands. Today more than ever, land is being developed with no regard to the people who once owned and preserved it.
As a Gullah Girl Rising and learning about my heritage, my eyes are opening to the battle my people have fought for hundreds years. Gullah people have had to fight to preserve their culture, to keep their land, and to simply live free in America.
A soon to be released film promises to shed light on the battle Gullah-Geechees in the Lowcountry are fighting today to hold on to their land. Local and State government continues to pass laws that make it difficult for Gullah-Geechees to hold on to their land.
As more people see opportunites to develop land in the Sea Islands for resorts, golf courses, and vacation homes, people in power are finding ways make it easier for those developers to grab hold of the land that Gullah-Geechees have owned for years.
It comes down to what matters most: money or culture? For most, it is the money. This is a wake-up for all who care about Gullah-Geechee culture. We have to build the businesses, communities, education centers, and PRIDE that will help us sustain ourselves without the help of people to whom our culture means nothing.
We have to build the businesses, communities, education centers, and the PRIDE that will help us sustain ourselves without the help of people to whom our culture means nothing.