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LET THE CHILDREN'S VOICES BE HEARD: This month, our past Global Journey Scholar selected the Adinkra symbols of LOVE and PEACE.






To pay homage to Kunta Kinte and the many ancestors who shared a similar journey during the MAAFA [African Holocaust], the August /September Global Journey Scholar will prepare an essay, timeline, and/or creative visual artwork that showcases how the following people have exemplified the West African adinkra symbols representing


1) Perseverance and Toughness,

2) Power of Love and,

3) Peace and Harmony. 




 Ancient:  Queen [Nswt] Tiye,             Past (Ancestor):  Wangari Maathai               Present:  Michelle Obama














1.  How do you think these African women, Nswt Tiye, Wangari Maathai and Michelle Obama, demonstrated perseverance, toughness, love and peace? 

2.  Why do you think these characteristics are important? 

3.  How do you show perseverance, toughness, love and peace?

You may enter the contest with an essay, timeline and/or visual art.  We are excited to hear from you!

Submission Requirements:  Grades 3 - 12

Due:  September 15, 2019 11:59PM EST

For Online Application and Upload of Essays/Artwork:  Scroll to the bottom of this page

Mail large artwork projects to :  Global Journey for Children, Inc.

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Madison Salazar      Nadia Pollard                  The Gullah Geechee People                     Native Wadmalaw         2019 Global Journey Scholars                                                                                                                             Island, SC Resident                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Gullah Geechee people are African Americans.  They are the descendants of Africans who were brought to the New World and forced to work on many plantations as enslaved people.  The Gullah people live in small farming and fishing communities. They live in the low country region of the United States in the states of Georgia, South Carolina, and in the coastal plains, also the sea islands. The Gullah people developed a creole language otherwise known as the Gullah language, which goes back to the name of their people. The Gullah people are the descendants of the central and west Africans who came from all different ethnic and social groups.  Africans from different ethnic and social groups came together and formed a majority to call themselves the “Gullah Geechee People”. Eventually they developed their creole language to communicate with each other. 

The first English speaking settlement was established in South Carolina. Settlers discovered that rice and Asian import was best suited for growth in South Carolina valley swamps.  The landscape was very similar to those in Africa so the African people were skilled in how to cultivate the land and grow rice among other types of things for thousands of years. Gullah culture is unique by the types of food they eat and different traditions they practice. The type of food they ate were peanuts, okra rice, yams, peas, sesame seeds and sorghum, which is a major source of grain for the Gullah Geechee people. Some Gullah traditions were making sweetgrass baskets, quilting and knitting fishnets.  These are a few of the traditional crafts that parents and grandparents taught their children. Gullah traditions  are the customs, beliefs and ways of life that have been passed down among sea island families.

The Gullah Geechee people brought a rich heritage of cultural traditions in agriculture, medicine, art, food preparation and music. Arts and crafts were the result of products designed by necessity for activities of sustenance and daily living of the Gullah People.

Fun Facts and more!


  • The Gullah region used to include what is now Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, but today the Gullah area is only in Georgia and South Carolina.

  • The name "Gullah" may come from Angola, where the ancestors of some Gullah people likely came from.  

  • The Gullah region once extended from SE North Carolina to NE Florida.






































                                     Picture reflecting Gullah Geechee people/culture drawn by Nadia Pollard























                                          The Gullah Geechee Nation logo drawn by Nadia Pollard


















                                                        Nadia Pollard         7th grade                


                                                             “The Father of the internet”

 The man who created the internet or in other-words “the father of the internet” is Philip Emeagwali. He was a poor kid born in Akure, Nigeria. When he was younger he had to drop out of school for a little while because his parents could not pay for school and he came to United States to study under a scholarship to take a course at the University Of London. He later received a Bachelor’s Degree for mathematics from Oregon State. He also got his Masters degree from George Washington University for Marine Engineering.


I feel as if this is important to know because where ever you start off you can do what ever you want and make it there.  It’s also important to know because an African American person created something that is used very often and most people don’t even know who did it. This topic really inspired me even more than before because I see if you work hard and put in effort your dreams will come true and that you can accomplish major goals in life. This could really help my community by me creating something that could help promote a healthier lifestyle and surroundings. Most people say that flying cars will be the next thing or that teleportation is coming up, but for me, I see an even more colorful world with more healthy people, machines, robots, high technology and longer living people. I say this because I want to make a difference in my future and yours.


I want to help build machines to help pharmacists create medicine to help cure sick people and help them live longer. Just in my head, I believe that in the future the internet will soon not exist because we will be just as smart or more than a computer.  

Global Journey Scholars -

                                       2nd and 3rd Grade Students          Roots Public Charter School

 ESSAY TOPIC:   Who is Queen Hatshepsut and King Peggy?  What do they have in common?

































Queen Hatshepsut was a ruler in Egypt for twenty years in the 15th century BC.  She was Egypt’s most successful pharaoh.  She enriched Egypt’s economy and restored buildings and monuments.  She built the temple of Djeser-djeseru (holiest of holy places).  She erected a pair of obelisks at the temple of Amon that still stands today.  She had a trading expedition in her ninth reign that returned with gold, ivory and myrrh.

She acted as regent for her infant son but claimed the title pharaoh for unclear reasons and was the principal ruler in power even though her son Thutmose III could not rule unaided.   She asserted her authority by dressing in men’s clothing, wearing a fake beard and by wearing the king’s kilt and crown.

King Peggy is a ruler in Ghana today.  She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and rules part-time.  She will rule full time after she retires from the embassy in Washington, DC.  She is the first female chief.  She claimed King because a king has executive power and a queen is mostly in charge of children’s affairs and reporting.

They are alike because they both took the power and title of a traditionally male role.  It is important for girls today to know about Queen Hatshepsut and King Peggy because we can see that we too can take on untraditional roles and succeed!

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