BROOKLYN—Before launching The Haitian Times in 1999, I dreamt of our community organizing a large Haitian music festival and participating in style in the annual West Indian American Carnival Parade to showcase the beauty of our culture. It was an idea that I clung to dearly, as such Haitian festivals were a rarity growing up, even in the New York area. Our large gatherings consisted mostly of protest marches against the Duvalier dictatorship. That bothered me tremendously.
After establishing The Haitian Times, which aimed to center the culture and engage with the new generation oblivious to the dictatorship in Haiti, our team set out to make the festival a reality, believing that our ancestral land’s rich culture and history would be appealing if they experienced it.
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