RALLY THE VOTE

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Save the Date: October 17th

This event commemorates the 200th anniversary of the death of king Henry Christophe I of Haiti.

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About this Event

On 1 January 1804, an army led by formerly enslaved Africans in the French colony of Saint-Domingue declared themselves independent and free of slavery forever. The leader of these revolutionaries—Generals Jean Jacques-Dessalines, Alexandre Pétion, and Henry Christophe—had succeeded in defeating Napoléon Bonaparte’s famous army, the largest expedition to ever set sail from France. But in October 1806, Dessalines, who had declared himself to be the Emperor of the newly renamed Haiti, was assassinated by political rivals. Following this, the country would be divided into two separate states. General Henry Christophe established himself as president of the northern part of Haiti, while General Alexandre Pétion governed a completely separate republic in the southern and eventually the southwestern parts of Haiti. However, in March 1811, President Henry Christophe surprised everyone when he named himself King Henry I. This talk tells the story of Haiti’s first and only kingdom and how its monarch subsequently attracted the attention of the world

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2020 Census Haitian Coalition Video

A coalition of Haitian-led organizations across 12 states have come together to urge all Haitians in the United States to be counted by completing the 2020 Census. It’s important for your family and our community.”

View and listen to the video message below:

https://1drv.ms/v/s!AjD7nM2jqhFlhYERDRLY0HySkx7hEA?e=KpYvqn

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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.

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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.”

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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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