[Blackstudies-l] Embassy of Haiti in Washington DC launches new exhibit “Pearls of Excellence: An Exploration of Haitian Contributions to American Society”

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<http://repeatingislands.com/author/lisaparavisini/> Embassy of Haiti in
Washington DC launches new exhibit “Pearls of Excellence: An Exploration of
Haitian Contributions to American Society”
lisaparavisini <http://repeatingislands.com/author/lisaparavisini/>

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The Embassy of Haiti has embarked on a mission to share Haiti's culture and
history with a diverse audience in the United States. A new key vehicle in
this effort is "Pearls of Excellence: An Exploration of Haitian
Contributions to American Society" — an ongoing exhibit and educational
series that marks historical milestones of Haitians in American history.

Since before the Civil War, Black Americans have worked in all arenas to
ensure full civil rights and opportunities for their communities and every
citizen in the nation. Many of these leading figures were immigrants from
the Caribbean — with significant contributions from people of Haitian

The "Pearls of Excellence" exhibit will feature noteworthy individuals who
were born in Haiti, born to Haitian parents (either father or mother), or
became Haitian citizens. They made history through significant professional
achievement; their presence changed a major discipline or broke down a
major barrier, and their innovations reshaped society.

"From educator and civil rights pioneer, Septima Poinsette Clark to
acclaimed Broadway performer, Josephine Mary Premice to award-winning
author, Edwidge Danticat, people of Haitian descent have made major
contributions to the advancement of American society," says Paul Altidor,
Haiti's Ambassador to the United States. "This exhibit is an opportunity to
educate the public about the link between Haiti and the United States,"
concluded Ambassador Altidor.

Women's History Month is an opportunity to introduce this first chapter of
Pearls of Excellence by featuring the contributions of remarkable women of
Haitian descent from the civil rights and the political arena, to medicine,
education, religion, professional sports, entertainment and literature.

The exhibit, along with an extensive private art collection from prominent
Haitian artists, is now on display at the Embassy of Haiti in Washington DC
and is open to the public, at no charge, from Monday through Friday between
10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Extended tour hours are also offered on Wednesdays
and Thursdays until 8:00 pm.

Image: Josephine Mary Premice was one of the premier stage actresses of the
1940s and 1950s. She appeared in numerous Broadway plays including Blue
Holiday, Jamaica, A Hand is on the Gate, and Bubbling Brown Sugar,
garnering Tony award nominations for her performances. Born in Brooklyn,
New York, her parents were Haitian immigrants and part of the aristocracy
of their birth country.
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