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January 16, 2010

A History of Haiti.

You can buy the above benefit poster here:

BUY “HAITI” 1938 WPA POSTER FOR $25 – WE’LL DONATE $20 TO EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND. Join Design for Social Impact in celebrating a beautiful image of Haiti captured in a WPA Federal Theatre Project poster. Proceeds from the sale of the poster will support artist & activist Wyclef Jean’s Yéle Haiti earthquake relief fund.

Haiti Liberated and rescued other nations, such as Venezuela, Dominican Republic, the United States, etc… – The Haitians produced the world’s only successful slaves revolution in 1791. From 1804 to present, there have been Haitian King, Emperors and Presidents. After suffering cruel, inhuman and barbaric treatment in the hands of their white oppressors, the Haitians rose up and fought bloody battles to defeat colonialism and imperialism. Toussaint Louverture defeated the Spanish, the British, and the French (Napoleonic army). The Haitians gained their freedom through self-detemination. The Haitians are strong and proud people. They are simply amazing for what they have accomplished by leaving their indelible imprints profoundly inscribed in the annals of world history. In January 1804, they declared their independence. In the 18th century, the Atlantic stage was shared with three democratic revolutions: the American Revolution, the French Revolution and the Haitian Revolution. In 1791, the Haitians accomplished the unthinkable and shocked the world when they defeated the troops of Napoleon to create the world’s First Black Republic. The Haitians continued to help to spread the contagious seeds of freedom across the world. In 1774, Jean-Baptiste Point Du Sable, founded the City of Chicago. In 1779, The Haitian saved U.S. revolution in Savannah, Georgia. The first ornithologist in the U.S. was the Haitian born John James Audubon. In 1813 and 1815, the Haitians helped Simon Bolivar and Francisco Miranda in the fights for the independence of Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. In 1820, Haiti assisted Greece during its struggle for independence against Turkey. The Haitians declared their independence in 1804. It was until 1862 that the U.S. (Abraham Lincoln) recognized Haiti; while the French Revolution was welcomed by the U.S.. Frederick Douglas said, in one of his speeches in 1893 “The freedom that has come to the colored race is largely due to the brave stand taken by the sons of Haiti”. He was the first African American to become consul (in Haiti) , a prestigious position. The founders of the First Black Republic were: General Toussaint Louverture, the genius; Emperor Jean Jacques Dessalines; King Henri I (Henri Christophe) and General Alexandre Petion. Toussaint Louverture claimed a Universal Human Right to Freedom and Citizenship for all slaves and former slaves.

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