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Ten books linking Haiti, Haitians to US history for your BHM library
Changing the Narrative, Immigrant Voices, Latest News, Lists & Guides

Ten books linking Haiti, Haitians to US history for your BHM library

Haiti and Haitians have influenced American history and culture significantly through the centuries.

We registered dozens of people for vaccines. 11 things we learned.
Coronavirus, Immigrant Voices

We registered dozens of people for vaccines. 11 things we learned.

If you make it easy for people, they will get vaccinated. This is perhaps obvious but the main reason people were not registering was not from a lack of will or belief in the vaccine’s efficacy. It’s because they didn’t know how to navigate the many sites, or don’t have jobs that allow them to be on the internet all day, or they heard on the news that things are a mess and figured they should wait.

Help Save Haitian Women and Babies in NYC
Health & Science, Immigrant Voices

Help Save Haitian Women and Babies in NYC

While efforts to address maternal health disparities have focused on the Black community at large, disparities within Black subgroups like Haitians need to be addressed also. The need is all too evident in both the presence of and inattention to the health disparities impacting the Haitian community. The contributors to these unacceptable disparities are not a result of biology, but of racism. But for us Haitians, we know very well that racism extends beyond race.

Home for the holidays means kremas time in Haitian-American households
Immigrant Voices

Home for the holidays means kremas time in Haitian-American households

Whether made from an age-old family recipe or store-bought, the warmth of kremas’ sweetened milk, coconut aroma and cinnamon spice is sure to permeate many a household. And in a year filled with loss and anxiety, the eggnog-like beverage, spiked with Haitian rum or moonshine and strained to silky smoothness, will be a source of familiar comfort.

Why is N-word a slur in English, but “nègre” is ok in French?
Canada, Immigrant Voices

Why is N-word a slur in English, but “nègre” is ok in French?

Césaire, Senghor and Damas were also influenced by the Haitian ethnologist Jean Price-Mars, who also developed the concept of Indigenism. Thus, Césaire considered Haiti the place “where négritude stood up for the first time” as the first black independent nation. As a result, the word “nègre” tends to be more accepted in French and has about one century of historical use in the literature, although it is still not mainstream.

Older Haitian-Americans eager to vote lean on family, poll workers for help
2020 Elections, Immigrant Voices, Latest News

Older Haitian-Americans eager to vote lean on family, poll workers for help

Older Haitian-Americans struggle with several unique barriers when it comes to casting their ballots. Language translation is consistently viewed as the biggest obstacle hindering these senior citizens from fully participating. Other issues include information inundation, the layout of the ballot and, this year in particular, adjustments made to the voting process due to COVID-19.

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