North Mi­ami cel­e­brates Haitian Her­itage Month

South Florida Times - - METRO - The City of North Mi­ami has a full sched­ule of events to cel­e­brate Haitian Her­itage Month. Staff Re­port For more in­for­ma­tion about the City of North Mi­ami’s 2018 Haitian Her­itage Month fes­tiv­i­ties, visit www.north­mi­am­­e­brate.

NORTH MI­AMI, Fla. - With one of the largest Haitian-Amer­i­can pop­u­la­tions in the na­tion, North Mi­ami is rolling out the red car­pet for Haitian Her­itage Month. Through­out May, the City will host a va­ri­ety of free events and ac­tiv­i­ties fo­cused on Haitian cul­ture, his­tory, tra­di­tions and cui­sine, while also show­cas­ing Haitian-Amer­i­can trail­blaz­ers, en­ter­tain­ers and en­trepreneurs.


Themed, “An­sanm Nou Se Youn,” which trans­lates to “We Are One,” North Mi­ami’s 2018 Haitian Her­itage Month Cel­e­bra­tion be­gins at 6 p.m., Thurs­day, May 3, with North Mi­ami Mayor, Dr. Smith Joseph’s Kick-Off Cel­e­bra­tion, in the MOCA Plaza, lo­cated at 770 NE 125th St, North Mi­ami. The re­cep­tion will fea­ture two Key to the City pre­sen­ta­tions, hon­or­ing Haitian ac­tor and model, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Joel Hen­riquez Po­liard, M.D., a health­care ad­vo­cate in the Haitian com­mu­nity.

It also will in­clude free food na­tive to sev­eral re­gions of Haiti, a Haitian-themed in­ter­ac­tive kids cor­ner, live gui­tar mu­sic by Be­mol, folk­loric mu­sic by Klo and a per­for­mance by the NSL Dance En­sem­ble.


An open­ing re­cep­tion for the “Lakou Lakay” art ex­hi­bi­tion will take place at the North Mi­ami Pub­lic Li­brary on Fri­day, May 4, at 6 p.m. “Lakou Lakay” trans­lates to “my back­yard” in Haitian Cre­ole. The month­long ex­hibit will fea­ture the work of Haitian artists Zeek, Alix Gauchier and Belina Wright. The trio will be present at the open­ing to en­gage with art-lovers. This event will in­clude light re­fresh­ments and live piano mu­sic. It is spon­sored by the Friends of the North Mi­ami Pub­lic Li­brary and pre­sented in col­lab­o­ra­tion with MUCE305. The li­brary is lo­cated at 835 NE 132nd St, North Mi­ami.

MAY 18

May 18 is Haitian Flag Day. This year, the City of North Mi­ami will host the an­nual Haitian Flag Day Fes­ti­val in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Trop­i­cal Nights Con­cert Se­ries, at 6 p.m. in MOCA Plaza. North Mi­ami’s 2018 Flag Day cel­e­bra­tion will be hosted by Suc­cess Jr. and Plus Daddy, of well-known South Florida-based com­edy group, Haitian-Amer­i­can Pro­duc­tions (HAP). It will fea­ture a live con­cert by Mi­ami-based Kompa group Har­monik, an ar­ray of lo­cal Haitian food ven­dors, mu­sic by Guit­tars Over Guns, a per­for­mance by MIA Dance Fac­tory and a per­fect at­mos­phere for an evening of Kompa danc­ing.

MAY 24

The com­mu­nity also is in­vited to a screen­ing and dis­cus­sion of Tariq Naseed’s doc­u­men­tary film, “1804: The Hid­den His­tory of Haiti,” on Thurs­day, May 24, in the MOCA Pavil­ion, 770 NE 125th St, North Mi­ami. The film de­tails key events and fig­ures of the Haitian Revo­lu­tion. Tra­di­tional Haitian food and drinks will be served.

MAY 25

Mayor Joseph will host a Haitian-style Ju­bilee on Fri­day, May 25, at 6 p.m. in the MOCA Plaza. This event will honor Em­manuel Manno Charle­magne, Haitian folksinger and po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist.

Vo­cal­ist, La Vie, will honor Haitian Her­itage Month with a live per­for­mance at the May Edi­tion of the Jazz at MOCA con­cert se­ries. Jazz at MOCA will take place Fri­day, May 25, in MOCA Plaza. Jazz at MOCA takes place on the last Fri­day of each month in the MOCA Plaza.

MAY 31

At 7 p.m., on Thurs­day, May 31, at the Joe Ce­lestin Cen­ter, the City Coun­cil will in­duct Fa­ther Regi­nald Jean-Mary, of Notre Dame D’Haiti, into the North Mi­ami Cit­i­zens’ Hall of Fame. Fr. Jean-Mary was nom­i­nated by North Mi­ami Coun­cil­man, Philippe Bien Aime. Fr. Jean-Mary is a sta­ple in South Florida’s Haitian Com­mu­nity. He is known for his charisma, ed­u­ca­tional outreach and push for in­formed civic en­gage­ment within his parish and the lo­cal Haitian-Amer­i­can Com­mu­nity. The Joe Ce­lestin Cen­ter is lo­cated at 1525 NW 135 Street, North Mi­ami.

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