Queen Quet in Geneva for forum

Queen Quet

Kristen Hankla

Queen Quet, chieftess and head of state for the Gullah/Geechee Nation, was selected to be a presenter and participant at the Second Minority Forum held by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, which began Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland.

Queen Quet is representing both the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the International Human Rights Association for American Minorities.

The human rights group is a nongovernmental organization in consultative status with the United Nations.

Queen Quet is a directorate member of the association and the International Council on Human Rights.

She arrived in Geneva as a culmination of her annual world tour.

The tour now focuses on educating people on the existence of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the work that has been done to keep the culture alive on the Sea Islands, which stretch from Jacksonville, N.C., to Jacksonville, Fla.

Ten years ago, Queen Quet put the rights of Gullah/Geechees on the world stage when she became the first person to take the human and cultural rights violations that had taken place against her people to the United Nations, she said.

She has returned to various United Nations forums and conferences to represent the nation and its right to self- determination.