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Touissant L’Overture – Leader of the Haitian Revolution- Francine White

Referred to as “The Black Napoleon,” by his associates, Toussaint L’Ouverture (1743-1802) was a former slave who rose to become the leader of the only successful slave revolt in modern history that created an independent state, the Haitian Revolution. Being highly renowned, he was praised by many blacks, mulattoes and Europeans as he significantly contributed to building the …

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Happy Mother’s Day – 7 Reasons Why Black Mothers Rule

Everywhere, there are countless stories of prominent Black people owing and crediting their success to their mothers. For example, look at the great neurosurgeon, Ben Carson… who does he owe his success to? His entire book “Think Big” centers around his mother. There he is, well-spoken, successful in his career, social life, and other untold …

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Understanding the Complicated History Between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Haiti and the Dominican Republic share a common border on the Island of Hispaniola. This Island is the most densely populated in the Caribbean and is also quite large in size. However, despite this shared geography and some very parallel and shared history, diplomatic tensions between the two countries run high. In this piece, we …

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Haiti’s History, The Present, and The Future

Do you know that Haiti (or Hayti) was the first independent Caribbean state and the first black-governed republic globally? This was after a successful slave revolution against the French colonial rule in 1804 that became a monument of national pride in the country and globally. However, independence from French colonization didn’t put an end to …

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4 Haitian Traditions That Make It So Unique

Haiti is the second largest island of the Caribbean with beautiful mountains and breathtaking scenery. Despite its struggles and painful past in the hands of the French colonizers, the Haitian people have preserved their culture. Most of the traditions are a blend of African, Indigenous, and European background reflecting on their unique history and approach …

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Lucy Terry – Creator of the Oldest Known Work of African-American Literature

Biography: Lucy Terry Prince This is a biography focusing on the life and the contributions of Lucy Terry Prince to literature. Prince is considered the composer of the oldest piece of literature written by an African-American. In 1746 Terry wrote “Bars Fight”, a ballad about an incident in August 1746 in Deerfield, Massachusetts that involved …

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