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Haitian Flag Day? What is that all about?

Happy Haitian Flag day to all my Haitian people as well as those who are Haitian by association.  The Haitian flag was created on May 18, 1803 a year before Haiti became the first free black republic. Haitian Flag Day is a major holiday. Parades, food, music, flags being flown high are pretty common sightings in areas with a large Haitian population.

With any good flag creation story there is a woman. For Haiti it was  Catherine Flon. As the story goes  Jean-Jacques Dessalines created the flag by taking a French tricolor and ripping out the white center, which he discarded. He then asked Catherine Flon, his god-daughter, to sew the remaining bands together.

The words on the Flag  L’Union Fait La Force  means Unity Makes Strength.

A good site that you may want to check out to learn more about Haitian Flag day is 

On an intercultural note if you do see someone with a Haitian flag please refrain from saying “You don’t look Haitian.”

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

May is Haitian Heritage Month, who knew?

Thanks to Twitter you can learn plenty of new this. Yesterday as one of those days. I found out that May is Haitian Heritage Month. It was first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1998. Now Haitian Heritage Month is a celebration in the United States of Haitian heritage and culture. Though I am well aware of the contributions of Haitians and Haitian Americans. Also familiar with the Haitian holidays. Haitian Heritage month is basically an expansion on Haitian Flag day. Haitian Flag Day is May 18th which celebrates the creation of the Haitian Flag.

My hometown of  Irvington New Jersey is one of those places that has a large Haitian population and we do have our Haitian parade come May 18th. The streets are filled with a sea of blue and red. There are a lot of celebrations in the surrounding areas. Upon finding out that there is a Haitian Heritage month I think it should be publicized a bit more and be used as a teaching tool. I know many people are unfamiliar with Haiti and its people and most of their knowledge may come from what they have seen on TV. Also the earthquake in Haiti didn’t help. Haiti needs to be shown in a more positive light. There are good people and improvements happening not as fast as most would like but it is happening.

So for the month of May and beyond take the time to learn about Haiti and its people. Expand your knowledge of this Caribbean island. I have to think of a way to celebrate, maybe a Creole word of the day? I’ll figure it out.

To learn more about Haitian Heritage Month visit or

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

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Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise.

Ayiti Cherie (Haiti My Love) | A year of turmoil

It has been a year since my mother’s native country was devastated by an a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that impacted not only this small island but the world. Haiti is about 10,ooo sq m we can compare it to the size of Maryland an earthquake that size completely ravaged this island.
There are millions of Haitians over world. Who could have imagine such a little place could produce some many people. The month of January is a celebratory month for Haitian people. Because it was on January 1,1804 we became the first black republic to gain our independence. So for such a tragedy to hit just 11 days into a new years after such a celebration of Independence mind-boggling.

I remember coming home from work turning on the TV and seeing Haiti hit by earthquake. I’m thinking to myself “Earthquake!” Haiti doesn’t have earthquakes. Hurricanes, tropical storms blackouts, corruption, sicknesses THESE I knew happened in Haiti but not earthquakes. As the days and weeks went on and we got news of family members and family friends in Haiti. There were those who were missing for weeks,some hurt, and sadly some who passed away. We also had to deal with those family and friends who were in the states who were unable to make any contact and when they finally were found out entire families were wiped out. And as if the earthquake wasn’t enough there was a cholera outbreak. [What else could go wrong?] Haitian people are strong but I don’t know how much more they can take.

Recently it said on the news it would take Haiti 10 years to get back to where it was and even then it was the poorest nation. What a title to have. “The poorest nation”.

Every time that I’ve seen Haiti on the news it has been shown in a negative light. I’m hoping that a year recovery speeds up, that progress is made, that people don’t forget, and people keep track of the aid that was pledged to Haiti.

I know America has it own issues. But as an American born Haitian I have an obligation to be a voice to what is still going on in Haiti.


Happy Flying,
~Solo Dove~

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