By Jean McGianni Celestin
Toussaint Louverture is one the most iconic figures in modern history. He is as major and noteworthy to the Western World as any historical character has been to a nation and its people in the last hundred years. Born into slavery on a plantation in Saint-Domingue in 1743, he became the father of the Haitian Revolution, which catalyzed independence movements all throughout Latin America. And more than two centuries since he helped establish Haiti as the first black republic in the West, Louverture remains divine in the Haitian cultural and political consciousness.