Happy Haitian Heritage (Eritaj Ayisyen) Month!
The Haitian-American community has emerged as one of the most vital and active national groups in Central Indiana.
May 12 the Haitian Association of Indiana (HAI) kicked off Haitian Heritage Month with a Unity Prayer Luncheon. It featured Haitian dance, food, music, and a visit by the Haitian Ambassador and other Haitian officials. It was a good day to be a Haitian-Hoosier.
Which means it was a good day to be a Hoosier of any kind. The Haitian-American community has emerged as one of the most vital and active national groups in Central Indiana. Indianapolis has long had a close partnership with Haiti. See this NUVO article, “Indy loves Haiti: local charities abound,” from a few years ago.
During Haitian Heritage Month, HAI will put on several events celebrating Haitian culture, and celebrating the fact that they are now proud Hoosiers: a Haitian fashion show, an art workshop with the remarkable folks at Indy Convergence, and more. (See HAI’s Facebook page for details: https://www.facebook.com/HaitianAssociationofIndiana/
We’d like to highlight two events this month.
Haitian Townhall Meeting
May 13 from 6-9 pm
Family Life Center at Bethel United Methodist Church
5252 West 52nd Street Indianapolis, IN 46254
As the Haitian community talks with local officials, see how they have embraced the practices of democracy.
Haitian Flag Day celebration
May 18 3-10 pm
MacAllister Amphitheater at Garfield Park
2450 Conservatory Drive Indianapolis, IN 46203
Flag Day is Haiti’s celebration of independence from France in 1804. This is your chance to see Haitian culture in all its glory.