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Miami Dade College’s North Campus to Commemorate Haitian Heritage Week May 17-24


Miami, May 16, 2013 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus and its Haitian Ibo Student Organization will commemorate Haitian Flag Day at 10:25 a.m. Friday, May 17. This year’s theme, “A New Day of Hope,” conveys a sense of Haiti’s rich cultural traditions and life, and of the strength of its people. The formal program will feature a variety of educational and cultural performances. Other activities are scheduled throughout the week.

 “The North Campus proudly joins the world in saluting all Haitian Americans on the occasion of this year’s Haitian Flag Day and Haitian Heritage Week, said North Campus President Dr. Jose A. Vicente. Highlights of the event on May 17 include a keynote address by Miami Herald Caribbean Correspondent Jacqueline Charles, who early last year was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). 

Charles, who was lauded by NABJ for her coverage of the devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti, started at the Miami Herald as a high school intern. The Herald was so impressed that it hired Charles after she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her beats at the Herald have included Broward County schools and government and social services. Today, Charles, who officially became part of The Miami Herald World Desk in 2006, is an award-winning foreign correspondent. Her main responsibilities are Haiti and the English-speaking Caribbean. In addition to the Caribbean, Charles’ assignments have taken her to Liberia and Italy. Charles, who was born in the English-speaking Turks and Caicos Islands, was partly raised in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood by a Haitian mother and a Cuban-American stepfather.    

The Flag Day schedule is as follows:


Haitian Flag Day Celebration at the North Campus - Friday, May 17

Cultural Performances

Guest Speaker:  Miami Herald Correspondent Jacqueline Charles

The William and Joan Lehman Theatre
10:25 am - 12:40 pm


Day of Service - Saturday, May 18, 2013

Little Haiti Cultural Center

212 NE 59 Terrace

9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Haitian Heritage Storytelling - Monday, May 20

North Campus, Exploration Station Pre-School, Building 600

10:00 am - 11:00 am


Haiti: Another Struggle (Documentary) - Tuesday, May 21

North Campus, Room 2147, Building 2

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Produced and Directed By:

Mr. James Pierre

North Campus Film Student-School of Entertainment and Design Technology and National Academy of Television Arts and Science (NATAS) Honoree


Haitian Heritage Celebration at the Meek Center - Wednesday, May 22

Cultural Performances

Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center

11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Community Health Fair and Haitian Heritage Festival - Friday, May 24

North Campus Breezeway, Building 4

9:00 am - 1:00 pm



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