The power of Haitian heritage and the strength of the Haitian people is tremendous. And Haiti holds a unique and rich role in the history of African Americans.
We were the only black family in my neighborhood for many years. Wherever we lived, we were often the only black family, and certainly the only Haitian family. But my parents were really great at providing a loving home where we could feel safe and secure.
Even though Haitian women are considered the ‘poto mitan’ – the ‘central pillars’ of the family and their communities – they are often the most underserved members of already poor communities.