Civic Engagement

The influence of Haitians in American history is continuous and substantial. 

Dating back to the early 1700s, 800 Haitian troops fought resiliently with American soldiers during the American Revolution. In the latter part of the 1800s, a young innovative Haitian, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, discovered Chicago, Illinois. During the turning point of the century, President William Harrison appointed an astute Frederic Douglass as Consulate General to Haiti, suggesting that Black slaves in American should consider permanently moving to Haiti. A decision stemmed from Haiti’s independently free state as the world’s first black-led republic. 

As a tenacious population, Haitian Americans have found civic engagement an obligation. On April 20, 1990, over 100,000 Haitians and friends of Haiti poured across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest the exclusion in use of Haitian blood invoked by the FDA. Likewise, the social injustices imposed by surrounding countries throughout the years, both domestically and internationally, will not stop Haitians from standing for what is right in unison. Today, NHAEON looks for more ways to engage in the roles that create a positive change within their communities  including: 

  • Voter education and the promotion of ballot literature in the Creole-French language to ensure high voting turnout.
  • Facilitation of early voting initiatives and public workshops to present the current issues on the ballot. 
  • Leadership Empowerment workshop that discusses the issues that impact voters and ramify their core beliefs.