Statement on Haiti
In the late-night hours of August 22nd into the early morning of August 23, 1789, the enslaved people of the island of Saint Domingue began a revolt against their enslavement and colonization. Their revolt brought an end to their domination by the French and resulted in the first self-liberated Black nation, Äyiti. In commemoration of the monumental significance of the Haitian Revolution, UNESCO recognizes August 23rd as the “International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition.”
In honor of this day and in light of last week’s hurricane, which brought more devastation to Haiti, the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Department of Black Studies send our thoughts and prayers to the proud, resilient people of Haiti. As we kick-off our 50th-Anniversary celebration, we ask that you join us in our support by donating to one of the relief agencies below or one of your own choosing.
Doctors Without Borders
Hope for Haiti
World Central Kitchen
Convoy of Hope
Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees
* Watch Raoul Peck’s video, “Fatal Assistance,” where he explores the mistakes made in providing assistance in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.