Celebrating Haitian Heritage During the Month of May

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May is Haitian Heritage Month. Several events will take place to celebrate Haitian Heritage Month again this yea in palm Beach County. The month-long series of activities will begin on May 1st, at 6:00 pm, with an Opening Ceremony and Reception at Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice located at 301 S.W. 14th Avenue in Delray Beach, featuring the well-known artist Jean Michel Daudier and Nicole Moreta Dance Academy at Toussaint L’Ouverture High School. This initial event will be followed by a number of cultural and academic activities at various dates and locations throughout the county. Haitian Heritage Month commemoration recognizes the valuable contributions made by Haitians to the history of the World. It is a celebration of Haitian history and culture and an opportunity to share this culture with our communities. On May 18, 2013, Haitian flag-raising ceremonies will take place at the Delray Beach City Hall at 10:00 am. “Our goal is to build up the self-esteem of all Haitians, share our wonderful history and culture with the communities where we live and highlight our contributions to the history of the world,” said Bito David, the initiator of the celebration in Palm Beach County in 2003. Other Haitian Heritage Month highlights include several cultural and educational events at various Palm Beach County Library branches, a traditional student essay contest sponsored by Gaskov Clergé Foundation, a photo exhibit featuring prominent Haitian figures in Florida, a festival at the Delray Beach Tennis Center on May 18 and in Belle Glades, and much more. Visit http://www.palmbeachschools.org/pao/creole/ MwaEritajAyisyen2013.asp for more details. The School District of Palm Beach County partners with Palm Beach County Library System and Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice to coordinate these events. Haitian and Haitian American students represent the largest ethnic minority group from a single country in the School District of Palm Beach County with about 14,000 students. According to community activists, Palm Beach County is home to more than 90,000 Haitians. Admission to all Haitian Heritage Month events is free and open to the public. A SAMPLING OF EVENTS TAKING PLACE DURING HAITIAN HERITAGE MONTH May 1 6:00pm Kick-Off Event – Aktivite Inogiral Toussaint L’Ouverture High School May 4 6:00pm Krik Krak: Haitian Stories with Maude Heurtelou Lantana Road Library 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth May 7 6:00pm Krik Krak: Haitian Stories with Maude Heurtelou Greenacres Library May 14 2:30-7:30pm Krik Krak: Haitian Stories with Maude Heurtelou Okeechobee Library May 15 5:30pm School Board Prize Presentation for Essay contest winners School District of Palm Beach County Forest Hill Boulevard May 18 10:30pm Flag Raising Ceremonies Delray City Hall May 18 2:00-5:00pm Krik Krak: Haitian Stories with Maude Heurtelou West Boynton Beach Library May 18 2:00-5:00pm Flag Day Festival Delray Tennis Center May 21 6:30pm Krik Krak: Haitian Stories with Maude Heurtelou Lantana Road Library 4020 Lantana Road Lake Worth May 23 6:30am Krik Krak: Haitian Stories with Maude Heurtelou West Boynton Beach Library May 25 1:00pm Haitian Storytelling Mandel Library, West Palm Beach May 25 3:00pm Haitian Food Cooking Demonstration and Tasting Mandel Library, West Palm Beach