Demystifying Haitian Vodou and its Cultural Role in the Education of Haitian Americans
May 2 @ 6:30 pm
Venue:Vodou Holistic Center
4520 West Hallandale Beach Boulevard Suite 10
Pembroke Park, FL 33023
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.
Apr 11 – Aug 30, 2019
North Miami Public Library
The North Miami Memory Project is an interactive exhibit and lecture series that documents Miami’s past.
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Hannibal Square Heritage Center
Winter Park, FL
This exhibit features new portraits and living histories of their most senior residents who are natives or longtime residents of the African American west side Winter Park community.
Mar 23 – May 5, 2019
Havana History & Heritage Society
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