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Jeanne Odo, Paris, 17 May, 1793

On May 17, 1793, the Saint-George Legion, sent an “Address to the National Convention and to all the patriotic clubs and societies on behalf of the Negroes held in slavery in the French colonies of America.” It was written in the name of “one million slaves” and asked for the immediate abolition of slavery. The […]

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Choucoune (Ti zwezo)

Johanne Harrelle, “Choucoune (Ti zwezo),” from À tout prendre (Claude Jutra, Director. 1964)

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Paulette Poujol-Oriol

Paulette Poujol-Oriol, who died March 11 at age 84, left her birth country, Haiti, a legacy that is immeasurable. She was one of Haiti’s most ardent feminist leaders, as well as an unmatched cultural producer and worker. Gina Ulysse, “The Legacy of Haitian Feminist Paulette Poujol-Oriol,” Ms Magazine (29 March 2011) In addition to her […]

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Haiti: Katherine Dunham

Recently, Katherine Dunham, the world renowned dancer and choreographer, ended a long hunger strike in support of the Haitian refugees. Dunham, well into her 80’s and in failing health, was asked why she would risk her own life for this cause. She said that she wanted to make the world understand the struggle of some […]

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Haiti: Markets

The famous Code Noir (Black Code) of 1685 outlawed the slave-operated markets, but the French colonists protested that they were absolutely necessary to the commerce of the colony and the French government changed the law the next year and allowed the slave-operated markets to continue. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, “Black Resistance in Colonial Haiti,” Black World/Negro […]

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Afghanistan: Women

No Afghan woman would ever consent to have her photograph made without the veil. Frederick Simpich and “Haji Mirza Hussein”, “Every-day Life in Afghanistan,” The National Geographic Magazine (January, 1921) Afghanistan may be the only country in the world where during the last century kings and politicians have been made and undone by struggles relating […]

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Haiti: Madame Toussaint, Empress Dessalines

The widow of the unfortunate Toussaint has just landed upon our continent. Her account of her own and her husband’s sufferings, from Bonaparte’s tyranny, would be incredible, were they not already equaled by the Corsican’s former atrocities. “An Account of the Wife of Toussaint L’Ouverture,” The Christian Observer (1804) Josephine Dessalines is humane, good-natured, and […]

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Haiti: Vieux-Chauvet

Whether any work of art can ever be worth even a single human life is a question that will never be settled–but this book is surely a masterpiece. Madison Smartt Bell, “Permanent Exile: On Marie Vieux-Chauvet,” The Nation (January 14, 2010)

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