Join us for 2 events on June 30th

We hope you will consider joining us for these two events on  Tuesday June 30th:

  • 5pm to 6pm :
    A virtual Conversation with the 1804 List Inductee Dr. Peniel Joseph on his new book “The Sword and The Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”, which will be moderated by award winning architect and Haitian Roundtable Board Member Rodney Leon.
  • 6pm to 9pm :
    A special reception at Kola Lounge in honor of our healthcare workers.

    Please, see the attached flyers for additional details.We thank you in advance for your continued support.
    The HNGD Board

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Black Lives Matter

 As an Organization that prides itself on our Haitian Heritage, Haitian Network Group of Detroit is  committed to supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and the changes that are necessary to make our respective communities safe for everyone. During this time, we encourage everyone to remember and reflect on the words “L’union fait la force” . “Unity makes strength” is a motto that is as important today as when it was first inscribed on the Haitian flag.

The Murder of George Floyd and the subsequent rallies calling for justice for those who do not have a voice is reminiscent of the time when slaves  took charge of their destiny by rebelling against their French masters and ultimately creating a free state in 1804. We, the HNGD Board, unequivocally support  those seeking justice for being targeted because of the color of their skin.

 “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” –  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.haitiannetworkdetroit.org/black-lives-matter/

HAITIAN HISTORY

In this section, HNGD provides links to peer reviewed scholarly articles pertaining to Haiti, its culture, history, people, politics and/or society from various academic disciplines.

Read Professor Marlene Daut’s article : “The Wrongful Death of Toussaint Louverture.”

Permanent link to this article: https://www.haitiannetworkdetroit.org/haitian-history/

Read our Latest Newsletter – Zanmi Detroit, May 2020

Click here to open and download PDF file
OR navigate pages below.

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Haitian Heritage Month: May 2020 – Protecting Our Heritage by Protecting Ourselves

Dear Community Members
The month of May has been traditionally celebrated in the Haitian diaspora since 1998 as Haitian Heritage Month, with various themes emphasizing pride in Haitian history, culture and the need to empower the Diaspora community. With the dramatic situation caused by COVID-19 pandemic, several communities had to adjust their Heritage Month celebrations and their messages.
The following organizations, based in 11 different US states, collaborated with Haitian Americans United Inc, based in Boston, to jointly release these posters in 3 languages, promoting a Haitian Heritage month theme that reflects the need to respond to the pandemic: “Protecting Our Heritage by Protecting Ourselves”.
Haitian national hero Jean-Jacques Dessalines was deemed the unifying voice who could command the moral authority to enjoin all to comply with crucial public health recommendations: wash hands frequently, stay at home until new guidance, wear masks, stay 6 feet apart from others.

Please help share these posters widely with your audiences and let’s commemorate our Heritage safely.

From partners:

  1. Connecticut: Haitian American Professionals of Connecticut – (HAPAC)
  2. Florida: Family Action Network Movement – (FANM)
  3. Georgia: Haiti on Demand
  4. Illinois: GRAHN-USA
  5. Massachusetts: Haitian Americans United Inc – (HAU)
  6. Michigan: Haitian Network Group of Detroit (HNGD)
  7. New Hampshire: Haitian Community Center of New Hampshire
  8. New Jersey: National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals (NAAHP)
  9. New York : Haitian Round Table (HRT)
  10. Rhode Island: New Bridges for Haitian Success – NB4HS
  11. Washington DC: Haitian Renewal Alliance – HRA
  12. Multiple states: United Front of the Haitian Diaspora (UFHD)

    Happy Haitian Heritage Month from the Coordinating Committee

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Coronavirus Message from the HNGD Board

Dear Friends,

The Coronavirus has taken all of us by surprise forcing us into self-isolation and wondering when and how it will all end. We have lost many things that a month ago we took for granted: loved ones, job, freedom to come and go as we please, a sense of control and so much more!

Do not despair this difficult moment will pass. Until then, try your best to make the most of this forced confinement; read the book that you never got to finish, play more with your children, call, text or chat with long lost friends, remind to you are close to how much you love them, go for walks in non-crowded areas, catch-up on movies, laugh, joke. Bottom line keep busy, keep living and stop focusing on the bad news that you are being bombarded with!

What is equally important is how we respond to this crisis; not as individuals, but as caring members of an amazing community. We implore you to remain calm, think of those in need while protecting yourself and those around you. Check on your friends, neighbors, those who are at risk, the elderly and the weak. Remember to keep in your prayers those who died alone, and their family members who are not able to grieve in a way that will bring them closure. Take time to thank the front-line workers who are seeing firsthand the magnitude of the devastation caused by COVID-19.

Remind yourself that where there is hope there is life. We are all in his together and we will come out stronger!

Stay safe, stay connected , stay strong!

The Board of Haitian Network Group

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The 2020 CENSUS

Help our children get the best education and complete the 2020 Census.

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Enjoy pics and videos from the 2019 Bèl Bagay Lakay Festival

This 2-day free outdoor event was designed to give  Metro Detroit residents an opportunity to experience the uniqueness of Haitian culture through art, crafts, food, dance and music. 

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Interview with Best Selling Author, Mitch Albom about festival

Listen to interview about the 2019 Bèl Bagay Lakay Festival on 760 WJR with best selling author, journalist and radio and television broadcaster, Mitch Albom and HNGD’s Margareth Corkery.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.haitiannetworkdetroit.org/interview-with-author-mitch-albom/

SAVE THESE JULY DATES: 27th and 28th

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