DATE: April 24, 2013
CONTACT: Lahoma Scarlette, Community Affairs Director
Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, District 9
The Broward County Commission voted to declare the month of May as Haitian Cultural Heritage Month, with a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness on Tuesday, April 23.
Commissioner Holness won approval from the Commission to provide $15,000 to the Community Access Center in Miramar and $1,700 for in-kind promotional services for community events celebrating Haitian Cultural Heritage Month. Commissioners also asked staff to find funding for future cultural events that celebrate Broward County's rich history and cultural heritage.
"This is significant as it will be the inaugural celebration in Broward County that will recognize the vast contributions of the Haitian community, not only in Broward County, but across the globe," said Commissioner Holness.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Broward County for Haitian Cultural Heritage Month. We look forward to a successful month of events and the Haitian community is full of joy,” said Magaly Prezeau, Community Access Center CEO.
Broward County has the second highest Haitian population in the tri-county area with more than 179,600 people by birth and ancestry from Haiti, the first "Black Republic" in the world. In 2012 Haiti’s trade with South Florida accounted for $1.27 billion in imports and exports.
The monthlong Haitian Cultural Heritage Celebration will happen in cities across Broward County, including a youth sports and musical festival in Lauderhill, HERO-Family Day at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, Haitian Women’s Empowerment Day in Hollywood, CarnaFam in Coral Springs and more. For a complete listing of events for Haitian Cultural Heritage Month, visit Community Access Center.