Save the date for the 4th Annual Mr. or Ms. May 18 Contest

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Are you the next Mr. or Ms. May 18?

By Jade Pierre

 

The winners of  Mr. or Ms. May have been confident individuals , who have showcased their love for Haiti in HHM contest through the organization’s social media platforms, but also in their own personal work.

You can see the smiles of the strong and enthusiastic ladies that have won the title of Ms. May 18 of Haitian Heritage Museum in the picture above .

From left to right , here are the winners of Ms . May 18 of  Haitian Heritage Museum:

Mrs. Wanda Gilles, 2014

Jessica Jean-Louis, 2013

Diane Pierre – Louis, 2012

The contest is back by popular demand!

The Haitian Heritage Museum returns with  its 4th  Annual Mr. or Ms. May 18 Contest.

The contest will start on April 18th and end May 18th as we celebrate the Haitian Flag Day. The constants will have to showcase their enthusiasm about the Haitian culture in HHM’s social media platforms.The winner will be crowned Mr. or Ms. May 18.

The rules and prizes will be out the day the contest starts . Be on the lookout as the contest opens on April 18, 2015.

We are kicking things up a notch this year and it’s going to be spectacular !

Save the date for Mr. or Ms. May 18 !

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Black History Month also includes Haitian History

BHMFebruary is a month dedicated to the black history which also includes Haiti’s History.

BY JADE PIERRE, DIGITAL MEDIA INTERN

African Americans and Haitians American share the Africans as a common ancestors but also many individuals of Haitians descent impacted the history of  America.

History tells us that  black history was created to celebrate the accomplishments and events  achieved in the black community.

Let’s debrief on how and why the event was created.

Black History Month was implemented in 1926 to remember individuals and events that marked African American history. Carter G. Woodson introduced this occasion as the ‘Negro History Week’ in 1915 and later partnered with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The event was then held in the second week of February in 1926. Inadvertently, the week also celebrated the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederic Douglass.

Both man greatly impacted the African American history. Abraham Lincoln known as the Great Emancipator because he issued the emancipation proclamation and supported the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery throughout the United States. Let’s not forget Frederic Douglass who was a social reformer and a leader of the abolitionist movement.

February is the perfect month to celebrate the achievements, which happened in the black community.The celebration shifted from being celebrated to one week to a month as the Civil Rights movements enlighten all Americans on the black community contributions to history. In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially acknowledged African history month.

The Haitian history has many important events that contributed to the black history. If we looked at some breakthrough events of Haiti. Notice that Haiti is the first black republic in the world . This historical event influenced a lot of rebellions in the U.S  and abolitionist movements.The involvement of Haitian individuals also lead to the discoveries of new territories for the U.S. For example , an Haitian American  pioneer, Jean Du Sable founded Chicago.

Photo of Haitian Ancestor , Toussaint Louverture

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As we celebrate black history , let’s follow the words of President Gerald R. Ford and  “Seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

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