Haitian Heritage Month
May 1 - May 31
It is no secret that prior to January 12th Haiti’s infrastructure was relatively volatile and insecure. Still, it is important to bear in mind and remember the island nation’s rich and unique history. The month of May carries distinctive dates that are important to Haitians and people of Haitian descent. And for the past years, Haitians in Boston, New York, and Florida have been proudly celebrating the month of May despite their country's difficult times. The rationale of this particular heritage month:
In its 200-year history, Haiti has suffered 32 coups; the instability of government and society has hampered its progress. In addition, national governments (American, German, British, and French) have intervened (arguably unasked) in Haitian affairs since the nation declared its independence. More than anything, in spite of everything, Haitian heritage is synonymous to resiliency.
1 A now defunct denotation of a person of a mixed–black and white–ancestry. The term is widely pejorative, especially in the US.
Haitian Heritage Month Program Book Covers