Moderated by Marleine Bastien, executive director of FANM, and MJ Fievre, author of Badass Black Girl.
Presented in Haitian Creole with English subtitles.
The history of Haiti includes many notable queens and empresses, such as Marie Claire Heureuse Félicité Bonheur, the wife of Haitian general Jean Jacques Dessalines; Marie Louise Coidavid, the wife of King Henry Christophe; and Adelina Soulouque, the wife of President Soulouque. Haiti’s first ladies, such as Suzanne Simone Baptiste, the wife of Toussaint Louverture, leader of the Haitian revolution; Lucienne Heurtelou, the wife of President Dumarsais Estimé; Yolette Leconte, the wife of President Paul Eugene Magloire; and Michele Bennet, the wife of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier; and so many more also share a vibrant historical heritage. For the most part, however, the queens, empresses, and first ladies of Haiti have remained in the shadows. In this panel, Bayyinah Bello, author of SHEROES of the Haitian Revolution, will explore the accomplishments and the considerable political power of these women.
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