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Haiti - Black History Month : Message of reflection from Lesly Condé
02/02/2024 08:35:03

Haiti - Black History Month : Message of reflection from Lesly Condé
As part of Black History Month Lesly Condé Ex-Consul General of Haiti in Chicago (August 2004 - May 2018), delivered, as every year, a message of reflection that we invite you to read and share.

Message from Lesly Condé :

"Dear fellow citizens and friends everywhere,

I am more than satisfied to find myself in your company again this year to talk about black history month, and everything we must learn from this extraordinary adventure which is also that of the human race. The fact that one month of the year is designated as Black History Month suggests that there is much to know about the existence of our species. It is in black history that the answers to several age-old questions are found. We will all gain new wisdom the day this story is truly known. Black History Month was fairly recently conceived with the aim of highlighting the presence and contributions of a little-known race with a dark past. This is why Black History Month focuses on modern-day black people. This is only a small part of the story.

Today, if we must talk about black history by moving away from the petty and dishonest stereotypes that have long served the cause of Western colonialism, we must first admit that the experience of this race transcends continents, and will not cease to disturb those who wallow in prejudice and imposture. It is clear that the Month of February each year is far from enough to cover all aspects of the experience of the black race on this planet. So I fear that those who thought of dedicating this month to black history have made the mistake of believing that the history of this race began with slavery. If Africa is the cradle of humanity, if the arts, science and organized societies took birth on the African continent, black history simply cannot be the matter of a month.

Black history is, in fact, a history that colonization and slavery have cleverly falsified for centuries. Today, scientific evidence has established beyond doubt that Egypt at the time of the pyramids was black. This kind of information has its place in our classrooms. Black history is, unfortunately, a story of usurped heritage and brave visionaries cowardly murdered. To find themselves, these black people need to discover their true history, and to believe in it.

We cannot talk about the history of the black race without mentioning Haiti, the first black state in the New World. One of the main players in Haiti's independence being a former warrior from the kingdom of Dahomey (now Benin) who, after being captured and reduced to slavery, used her superb military training to help shape the troops who routed Napoleon's soldiers, here we have a manifestation of Africa and its kingdoms destroyed by the unimaginable brutality of colonization and slavery. The history of our country provides anyone interested in the evolution of the human race in general, and of blacks in particular, with gigantic heroes and heroines as well as an authentic tribute to the concept of freedom and human rights.

In closing, I wish you all a pleasant and safe month of February. Take care of each other. Whatever you do, think of HAITI."

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