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Demystifying Haitian Vodou and its Cultural Role in the Education of Haitian Americans

Event Date:

May 2 @ 6:30 pm


Vodou Holistic Center
4520 West Hallandale Beach Boulevard Suite 10
Pembroke Park, FL 33023


Charlene Desir
(786) 588-8855

Program Description:

Haitians are the second largest Black immigrant group in the United States, the majority living in Florida. Despite the many contributions of Haitian Americans in professional, political, and even athletic sectors, Haitians still experience stereotypes, and stigma due to a lack of respect and understanding in the U.S. As the first free Black republic, Haiti paved the way to freedom for Black people in North and South America. Haitian Vodou acted as a catalyst for Haitian liberation that inspired the liberation of countless others. Haitian Vodou is a cultural epistemology and religion that is often stigmatized, stereotyped, and misunderstood. This panel will highlight the educational principles of living with self, others, and nature that are deeply embedded in the teachings of Vodou, and have been integrated into Haitian culture for generations. The panelists will include Professor Bayyinah Bello, a leading Haitian cultural historian; Dr. Claudine Michel, Professor Emerita from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and Dr. Charlene Désir, Vodou priestess, professor, and school psychologist.



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