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2004 Commemorations around Haiti's independence

Theme: "From a Legacy of Freedom to an Explosion of Culture"
Haiti 1804-2004: Celebrating 200 Years of Freedom


2004 will mark the Bicentennial of the Revolution of St-Domingue which strongly influenced the political and social landscape of the Americas. Celebrating this historical milestone is important to all of us in this Hemisphere but most especially to the men and women who share the African Heritage.

A.C.T.I.O.N. Foundation, in partnership with other Haitian community-based organizations of Broward County in Florida, has launched an ambitious project to celebrate this important historical event. This month-long series of cultural events will take place from May 1 to May 31, 2004 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This 2004 commemoration is a tribute to the Black heroes who fought for not only fought for freedom in St-Domingue and then also supported other countries in the Americas in their own quest for liberation from slavery and colonial domination. The Revolution of St-Domingue (as Haiti was called at the time) triggered a chain reaction felt throughout the whole hemisphere. Alexandre Pétion, the president of Haiti, the first Black Republic in the world, supported, financed and provided hundreds of volunteers to Simon Bolivar who consequently helped free Venezuela, Columbia, Equator, Peru, Bolivia, and Panama. Furthermore, Napoleon was force to sell Louisiana to Jefferson after the Haitian revolution defeated 50,000 of his best soldiers. The final destination of Napoleon's expeditionary army was Louisiana where Napoleon had planned to establish a stronghold for his empire in the New World.

The commemoration of the Bicentennial of Haiti's independence aims at recognizing the pivotal role played by Haiti in the struggle for freedom in the Americas. It will reinforce the historical ties between the communities who share this legacy of struggle and ultimate freedom and ultimately it will foster fruitful exchanges between them. These objectives are closely tied to A.C.T.I.O.N. Foundation's mission: to reverse the negative perception of the Haitian community in South Florida through the promotion of its art and culture.

Opening of Tiga's Exhibit at the "Museum of Art, Ft Lauderdale

Tiga's Exhibit at the "Museum of Art, Ft Lauderdale

Vernissage Tiga's Exhibit "Museum of Art, Ft Lauderdale"

“From a Legacy of Freedom to an Explosion of Culture”

May 1 – 29, 2005 , Fort Lauderdale

Calendar of Events

May 1-29  Art exhibit by Ludovic Booz African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

2650 Sistrunk Blvd , Fort Lauderdale

May 27  “International Creole Fest” Cocktail Opening
Restaurant at Las Olas Blvd - 7–9 PM                

May 28 & 29  “International Creole Fest”

Las Olas Blvd

11 AM – 11 PM Saturday and Sunday:

Trade Fair & Cultural Festival

- 14 dance and music concerts each day by famous groups

- Art exhibits – Lectures - Workshops

- Traditional Products - Craft – Culinary Art

The Program

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