Salutations to the Haitian community of Palm Beach County. Again, as we do each year in May, we acknowledge and recognize those in the present and those in the past that have brought the emphasis on the fact that people of color are not only through history to now have been highly motivated intellectually and have excelled in all areas of the Arts, Music, Science, Politics, Business, et al completely to the full spectrum of human interest and ability.
Several events will take place to celebrate Haitian Heritage Month again this year in Palm Beach County. The month-long series of activities include a Multicultural Festival at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, the Fourth Annual Celebrate LIFE with HOPE in Belle Glades, a book festival at the Greenacres Library on Saturday May 17, and several presentations to follow districtwide. This year again, the traditional student essay contest sponsored by Gaskov Clergé Foundation is taking place. Visit http://www.palmbeachschools.org/pao/creole/MwaEritajAyisyen.asp.
“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.
The School District of Palm Beach County partners with the 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.
(See list below of three outstanding historical figures of Haitian Heritage)
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, April 2014