Join the Haitian community in Rhode Island on May 18that the State House to celebrate Haitian Flag Day as part of the celebration of Haitian Heritage Month. Headlining the event are guest speakers Brian Concannon, the Executive Director of Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and Haitian artist and media personality Charlot Lucien. The speakers will discuss Haiti’s undisputable contribution to global freedom and democracy, including the United States; the fight against President Trump’s disastrous immigration policy that threatens the lives of thousands of Haitians who have been residing in the U.S. for the past eight years or so. When: May 18th at 5:00 PM, Where: Governors Room I, State House, 82 Smith St. Providence, RI.
In 1998, the Haitian community in Boston celebrated their Haitian heritage and became the first Haitian diaspora community in the United States to hold such ceremony in memory of their ancestors. Today, Haitians across the U.S. honor their ancestors and celebrate Haiti’s contribution to the global freedom and democracy throughout May. According to Wikipedia, “Haitian Heritage Month was first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1998. Tele Kreyol, one of the Boston Haitian Access Television programs, celebrated the whole month of May with a series of programs on Haitian history, culture, and contributions to the world. The month-long celebration has continued with such activities as parades, flag raisings, and exhibits organized by Haitian-AmericansUnited, Inc. (H.A.U.) in collaboration with several Haitian organizations in the New England area.