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"We are Haiti" to raise funds to benefit Haitian relief efforts

We Are Haiti Flyer for March 27, 2010 Fundraiser
We Are Haiti Flyer for March 27, 2010 Fundraiser
The Center for the African Diaspora

In light of the recent human disaster in Haiti, The Center for the African Diaspora, a non-profit Charlotte-based organization, will host the first “We are Haiti” benefit on Saturday, March 27. The event will be held at the Spirit Square McGlohan Theatre,

345 North College Street, Charlotte
from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., a brief panel discussion about Haitian history as well as current issues facing the island; the presentation of the Humanitarian Service Award and entertainment from local artists including:


  • African dance groups: Diouf & Family; Oneaka Dance Group; Shea Movement
  • Jazz ensembles: Black Ice Theory & Harding University High School Jazz Band
  • Samba dance performance: Movimiento Do Samba
  • Brazilian Capoera performance by Rosendo Felipe & Brazilian Capoera
  • Haitian Poet: Johnnv Zephir


The benefit organizers hope to raise $25,000 for the Haitian relief effort and express empathy for the Haitian people. “This tragedy is certainly a challenge for the Haitian people as well as an opportunity for the Charlotte community to rally in their behalf. Our opportunity is grounded within the notion that the discomfort of one is the agony of all,” says Amad Shakur, one the founders of the Center for the African Diaspora.


In addition to an appearance from Patrick Cannon, Willie Ratchford, Executive Director of the Charlotte Community Relations Committee, will present a humanitarian service award on behalf of The Center for the African Diaspora to Hope for Haiti, an organization that has worked tirelessly in Haiti.


Shakur says the event is meant to send message of support to the Haitian people as well as inspiration to the Americans to continue and reach out to eradicate global suffering, “We are Haiti” is meant to increase awareness about the heroic and unique history of the de-colonization rebellions that were scattered throughout the Caribbean.


The Center for the African Diaspora was established to capture the neglected history and reflect the cultures of peoples of African descent in the Western hemisphere.  Their interests are not only in the history of the Caribbean but in contemporary Haiti. The organization engages in scholarship and the creative arts activities in the Charlotte Metro area and the North Carolina region with films, photography, theatre, music, and traveling exhibits that explore and document the rich and broad scope of the African Diaspora.


Admission to the event is $20 with all proceeds going directly to the Haitian relief fund. There is no charge for vendors to exhibit, but the benefit organizers request that they make a donation from their sales at the end of the night.


For more information about the “We are Haiti” event on Saturday, March 27 or the Center for the African Diaspora contact Amad Shakur at 704-777-3611 or


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