Marquetta L. Goodwine is an author, preservationist, and performance artist who serves as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.
Goodwine is a native of St. Helena Island, South Carolina. She attended Fordham College at Lincoln Center and double majored in computer science and mathematics. In 1996 she left Fordham and the founded of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition. In 1999 she became the first Gullah to speak before the United Nations, giving testimony at an April 1 hearing of the Commission on Human Rights in Switzerland. She participated in the United Nations Forum on Minority Rights which was first established in 2008. At the forum, Queen Quet recorded the human rights struggle of the Gullah/Geechee people for archival by the United Nations.
On 2 July 2002, Goodwine was elected and enstooled as "Queen Quet, chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation." Goodwine also serves as the Chair of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor General Management Plan and Expert Commissioner for South Carolina. She is a member of the 15-person commission established by the United States Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act which was passed by the United States Congress.
Goodwine is a public advocate for the Gullah/Geechee Sea Islands in the face of increasing storm damage resulting from the climate crisis as well as ongoing flooding due to over-development and poor infrastructure maintenance. Her work includes advocating and the preservation of Gullah/Geechee cultural traditions and resources that are threatened due to gentrification and climate change.
Goodwine served as a consultant for the 2000 Mel Gibson film The Patriot, which featured scenes set on the South Carolina coast of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. She has been an advisor to several historic documentaries, including This Far by Faith: The African American Religious Experience, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, Slavery and the Making of America, Reconstruction: The Second Civil War, and The Will to Survive: The Story of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. She also lectures throughout the world.
- Goodwine, Marquetta L. (1995). "St. Helena's Serenity." Gullah/Geechee: The Survival of Africa's Seed in the Winds of the Diaspora series v. 1. Brooklyn, NY: Kinship Publications.
- Goodwine, Marquetta L. (1997). Gawd dun smile pun we: Beaufort Isles. Gullah/Geechee the Survival of Africa's Seed in the Winds of the Diaspora series, v. 2. Brooklyn, New York: Kinship Publications.
- Goodwine, Marquetta L. (1999). Frum wi soul tuh de soil: The Cash Crops of the Sea Islands. Gullah/Geechee Africa's Seed in the Winds of the Diaspora series, v. 3. Brooklyn, New York: Kinship Publications.
- Goodwine, Marquetta L., and & the Clarity Press Gullah Project, eds (1998). The Legacy of Ibo Landing: Gullah Roots of African American Culture. Atlanta, Georgia: Clarity Press.
- Goodwine, Marquetta L., and Ronald Goodwine (1994). Brother and Sister... Heart to Heart (1994). Brooklyn, New York: Extended Kinship Appeal, Inc.
- Goodwine, Marquetta L. (2005). "365-66." Gullah/Geechee: The Survival of Africa's Seed in the Winds of the Diaspora series v. 4. St. Helena Island, SC: Kinship Publications.
- Goodwine, Marquetta L. (2006). "Chas'tun an e Islandts." Gullah/Geechee: The Survival of Africa's Seed in the Winds of the Diaspora series v. 1. Brooklyn, NY: Kinship Publications.
- Goodwine, Ronald "Kuumba", and Marquetta L. "Queen Quet" Goodwine (2004). T'inkin' 'bout Famlee: A Geechee Down Novella. St. Helena, South Carolina: Kinship Publications.
- Goodwine, Marquetta L. (2013). "Love's Sea Island Song" St. Helena Island, SC: Kinship Publications.
- Gosier, Chris (18 December 2020). "Marquetta L. Goodwine fights to preserve the culture of the Gullah/Geechee people and counteract the impact of climate change on their way of life". news.fordham.edu. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
- Hargrove, Melissa (2007). "WILL "THE FOOLS" ALWAYS LIVE OFF THE "DAMN FOOLS"? THE POLITICS OF "LOWCOUNTRY" TOURISM". Practicing Anthropology. 29 (3): 43–46. ISSN 0888-4552.
- "The Gullah Queen". African Soul. Archived from the original on 2001-04-05. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
- "Queen Quet". Smithsonian Conservation Commons. 2020. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
- Finney, Carolyn (2014). Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors. University of North Carolina Press. p. 101. ISBN 9781469614496.
- Milman, Oliver (2019-10-23). "Gullah Geechee: distinct US culture risks losing island home to climate crisis". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-07-24.
- Voices, I. ❤ Climate (2020-06-23). "Survivors Recount Harrowing Battles Against Flooding". Medium. Retrieved 2020-07-25.
- Griner, Allison. "The Gullah Geechee's fight against 'cultural genocide'". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2020-07-25.
- Sarah Welch, Sarah; Cook, Issac (1 November 2011). "Guilford experiences De Gullah Cunneckshun". The Guilford. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
- "De Gullah Cunneckshun". Gullah/Geechee Nation. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
- "Gullah/Geechee Nation.
- "Disya Who WEBE!", Gullah/Geechee Nation.
- Gullah Geechee Angel Network.
- "Marquetta Goodwine: Queen of the Gullah Geechee Nation, from The African Soul site.
- "Queen Quet, Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation.
- Marquetta Goodwine on LinkedIn
- Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition