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Mimi Pierre-Johnson speaks at a Haiti vigil in Elmont, on July 10. Photo by Sam Bojarski

Slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise was known for making speeches criticizing Haiti’s elite. His willingness to paint himself as an advocate for the people has spurred Elmont Cultural Center President Mimi Pierre-Johnson to action in the wake of his death.

“This is the moment that if you say you love people, make sure you do what you say,” Pierre-Johnson said during a July 10 vigil following the president’s death. “We all have to come together for the people.” 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.