Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Griffin Lotson elected as National Commissioner of the Federal Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

On Friday, Feb. 11, former candidate for Lt Governor & 2010 candidate for State SenateGriffin Lotson of Darien, Georgia was On Friday, Feb. 11, Griffin Lotson of Darien, Georgia was elected as National Commissioner of the Federal Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. Lotson received an unanimous vote from the state of Georgia's threeelected experts on the commission: Jeanne Cyriaque, Althea Sumpter and CharlesHall. Final approval and appointment will come from the White House office ofthe U. S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service.

"I am humbled, knowing that others consider me worthy to serve as the nextState and National Commissioner of the Gullah Geechee Cultural HeritageCorridor," said Lotson, who currently manages the nationally-acclaimed Geechee/Gullah Shouters, soon to be performing in Washington, D.C. Lotson looks forward to making a big a difference in his new position with the Commission.

"Now the hard work begins, as we review what has already been accomplished andwhat areas we need to improve upon in the future," he said. "We must continue tobuild a strong infrastructure of citizens, elected officials, community leadersand volunteers who live and work within the Gullah Geechee Cultural HeritageCorridor."

Gullah-Geechee is the traditional African culture brought to America by Africanslaves who worked the fields and plantations along the coasts of Georgia,Florida and the Carolinas. Lotson credits U. S. Congressman Jack Kingston, theSapelo Foundation’s Phyllis Bowen and Sams Memorial's Dr. Raquel McClendon forrecommending him to perform an important role that will ultimately helpprotect this fragile coastal culture from extinction.

The goal to preserve a dying way of life prompted former President George W.Bush to sign the Gullah/Geechee Act into law on Oct. 12, 2006. The Bill Sponsor was U.S. Congressman Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, thereby creating a federal commission to manage the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. Commissioners work in partnership with the National Park Service and the State Historic Preservation offices in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and SouthCarolina.

The United States Department of the Interior, which is the executive branch ofthe U.S. Government responsible for the management and conservation of mostfederal land and natural resources, is currently being administered by Secretaryof the Interior Ken Salazar of Colorado. The National Park Service is a bureauof the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Griffin Lotson is presently the manager of the nationally acclaimed Geechee/Gullah Shouters. Who will add to their list of accomplishments, performances at Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C.. Lotson received an unanimous vote from the state of Georgia's threeelected experts on the commission: Jeanne Cyriaque, Althea Sumpter and CharlesHall. Final approval and appointment will come from the White House office ofthe U. S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service.

"I am humbled, knowing that others consider me worthy to serve as the nextState and National Commissioner of the Gullah Geechee Cultural HeritageCorridor," said Lotson, who currently manages the nationally-acclaimed Geechee/Gullah Shouters, soon to be performing in Washington, D.C. Lotson looks forward to making a big a difference in his new position with the Commission.

"Now the hard work begins, as we review what has already been accomplished andwhat areas we need to improve upon in the future," he said. "We must continue tobuild a strong infrastructure of citizens, elected officials, community leadersand volunteers who live and work within the Gullah Geechee Cultural HeritageCorridor."

Gullah-Geechee is the traditional African culture brought to America by Africanslaves who worked the fields and plantations along the coasts of Georgia,Florida and the Carolinas. Lotson credits U. S. Congressman Jack Kingston, theSapelo Foundation’s Phyllis Bowen and Sams Memorial's Dr. Raquel McClendon forrecommending him to perform an important role that will ultimately helpprotect this fragile coastal culture from extinction.

The goal to preserve a dying way of life prompted former President George W.Bush to sign the Gullah/Geechee Act into law on Oct. 12, 2006. The Bill Sponsor was U.S. Congressman Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, thereby creating a federal commission to manage the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. Commissioners work in partnership with the National Park Service and the State Historic Preservation offices in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and SouthCarolina.

The United States Department of the Interior, which is the executive branch ofthe U.S. Government responsible for the management and conservation of mostfederal land and natural resources, is currently being administered by Secretaryof the Interior Ken Salazar of Colorado. The National Park Service is a bureauof the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Griffin Lotson is presently the manager of the nationally acclaimed Geechee/Gullah Shouters. Who will add to their list of accomplishments, performances at Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C.

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Anonymous said...

Griffin Lotson and the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters are doing a great job in Preserving and Protecting there Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage. The McIntosh Shouters also is one of the best as well as the Georgia Sea Island Singers; we need more groups like all of the great group’s names above. All are good and all are doing a GREAT JOB, just keep doing the best that you can. Some will say GREAT things and some will not. (Smile) Thanks God for each group!

Anonymous said...

Griffin Lotson is doing a great job for Georgia and the USA and each of the Shourters group are doing a good job. The McIntosh County Shouters are good, as well as the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters!!!

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