Jacksonville Gullah/Geechee Nation CDC[/titl]

We are a 501c3, not-for-profit member-driven organization comprised of African-American descendants of diverse cultures and native tongues domiciled in the State of Florida. We have established in order to bring inherited cultural awareness and to improve the historical education efforts of the all who want to know more about the Gullah/Geechee. As a public Community Development Corporation, we are devoted to educating humanity about the rich cultural legacy we have contributed to society, the music, innovation, technology, environmental sustainability, economics, research, and preservation thereof. Designated by Congress in 2006, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends from Wilmington, N.C. in the north to Jacksonville, Florida (St. Augustine) in the south. Florida is home to one of America’s most unique living cultures of the world, a tradition first shaped by free and freed Africans/Native Americas.

VISION STATEMENT

We envision an extended family of Gullah/Geechee descendants completely informed of their Cultural Heritage and Human Rights; endowed by Integrity and actively engaging in all levels of  Historical, Cultural, Economic and Social Development.
We Be Gullah/Geechee! The Jacksonville Gullah/Geechee Nation Community Development Corp is a domestic corporation registered in the State of Florida for the purpose of serving Gullah-Geechee descendents domiciled within the State of Florida. Conjunctively, the CDC will serve as a support arm for the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the United States National Park Service, and the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Foundation.  Additionally, the corporation will be responsible for the dissemination of historical information about the African Diaspora and the ancient migration of blacks to and from the New World.
We are strategically located in the heart of Duval County, the largest population of Gullah/Geechee descendants in Florida, and throughout the Gullah Geechee territory of N.C, S.C., GA, and FL.
The current Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and The National Park Service was designated by Congress in 2006 by legislation sponsored by Congressman James Clyburn to help protect, preserve, and promote Gullah/Geechee heritage.  The addition of St. Johns County was voted and approved by the Commission in 2010 and later added to the management plan upon approval by the United States Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar. St. Johns County, i.e., St. Augustine, will be the newest county in the corridor.

Strategic Plan

Membership 40
Community Engagement 85
Fundraising 75
Volunteerism 65

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