Haitian Flag Day Programs


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The Cambridge Public Library will host a program in celebration of Haitian Flag Day on Saturday, May 14, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Main Library Lecture Hall. The program will include a poetry reading by former Cambridge Poet Populist, Jean Dany Joachim, presentations from Dr. Régine Michelle Jean Charles of Northeastern University, and Dr. Jean Eddy Saint Paul of the City College of New York (CUNY). The program is cosponsored by the Mayor’s Office, the City Manager’s Office, and the Cambridge Public Schools District. The program is supported by the Cambridge Public Library Foundation.

Dr. Régine Michelle Jean-Charles is the Dean’s Professor of Culture and Social Justice as well as Director of Africana Studies at Northeastern University. A Black feminist scholar who works at the intersections of race, gender, and justice from a global perspective, her scholarship and teaching include work on Black France, African diasporic literatures, Caribbean Studies, Haiti, and the Haitian diaspora. She has authored over 30 publications that have appeared in books, edited volumes, and peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Jean-Charles's presentation is titled "The Daughters of Catherine Flon: Haitian Women's Art and Activism."

Dr. Jean Eddy Saint Paul is a Haitian American sociologist, professor, scholar, and public intellectual who serves as a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he also served as the founding director of the CUNY Haitian Studies Institute. He will give a presentation titled "Sociological Considerations on the Haitian Flag: Meanings and Lessons!"

Jean Dany Joachim has three published collections of poetry, Crossroads / Chimenkwaze, Avec des Mots, and Quartier. He created the Many Voices Project, a series of readings and follow-up poetry workshops, inspiring conversations about race and equality. He is the director of City Night Readings, a series featuring diverse poetic talents, writers, and artists.

Other Haitian Flag Day programs hosted by the Cambridge Public Library include a Haitian Flag Day-themed story time at the O’Neill Branch on May 14, from 3-3:25 p.m., and a virtual cooking program by the Haitian Croissant, Ayida Solé, on May 21, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.