By Sam Bojarski

Haitians have joined the millions nationwide who have protested racism and police brutality, in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Next month, members of New York’s Haitian community will make their voices heard in Washington. 

Dr. Marie Lemy, a Haitian-American who resides in upstate New York, said the reaction to George Floyd’s death feels different than the movements that sprang up in response to the death of Michael Brown and other instances of police violence against Black people. 

Protesters in June, on the streets of Brooklyn. Photo by Vania Andre

“What’s different this time was the international reaction. And hopefully it’s not just a moment, it becomes like a change, that’s what I’m hoping. So that’s why we have to take this opportunity and make sure it materializes into something concrete,” Lemy said. 

Lemy is helping to organize a bus trip down to Washington on Aug. 28, along with members of the Haitian American Alliance (HAA), their close friends and family. The group will join the National Action Network’s “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” Commitment March on Washington, convened by Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III.


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Sam Bojarski

Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America fellow. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and...