May is Haitian Heritage Month

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Haitian Heritage Month leads up to Haitian Flag Day, which is celebrated on May 18. The following article highlights events that are helping young Haitians in the diaspora regain a sense of identity and cultural pride:

May is Haitian Heritage Month and poets, musicians and historians across South Florida will be addressing issues of Haitian identity and cultural pride.

“Our goal is to build up the self-esteem of all Haitians in our community and the whole world,” said Joseph Bernadel, co-founder of Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Art and Social Justice in Boynton Beach and chairman of the Palm Beach County‘s Haitian Heritage Month Celebration committee.

The committee held its kickoff ceremony at the Lantana Road Library on Tuesday evening and has planned a wide range of programs throughout the month, listed at palmbeachschools.org.

The prominence of Haitian-Americans such as writer Edwidge Danticat, musician Wyclef Jean, and Patrick Gaspard…

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