“A Women’s History of Haiti”

Somebody needs to write a book or a doctoral dissertation on “A Women’s History of Haiti,” whose content may include the following discussions and studies:

  1. Saint-Domingue (Part 1): the book should investigate the everyday life of the colony with a specific focus on the daily activities and functions of enslaved black women and their struggle to end the colony’s class and race systems, and their fight against colonial oppression, slavery, and abuse against women; it would be nice to include a chapter on women as maroons or run-away slaves;
  2. Saint-Domingue (Part 2): Should highlight the contributions of “mixed women” (See, Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s novel, “Dance on the Volcano,” Jean Fouchard’s “Le theatre a Saint-Domingue”) to desegregate Saint-Domingue’s high culture and women’s specific demands of equal (political) rights and equal treatment in the colony;
  3. Saint-Domingue (Part 3): Should underscore women’s specific contributions to the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804); should look at the story of the revolution from the perspective of women; in other words, the book should center the story on women;
  4. Postcolonial Haiti: should discuss the roles and functions women played in the emergence of the first political postcolonial Haitian government and throughout the first sixty years of the new nation (1804-1860);
  5. Postcolonial Haiti: should investigate the role of women in public education before the Concordat (1860) and after the Concordat was signed (1860-1915);
  6. Postcolonial Haiti: should study women’s continual participation in the country’s political affairs and systems, from 1860 to 1915;
  7. Postcolonial Haiti and the American Occupation (1915-1934): should investigate the rise of women professionals and intellectuals and their campaign against American imperialism in Haiti;
  8. Postcolonial Haiti and the struggle for Women’s rights: should study the works of women intellectuals and feminists associating with “La Voix des Femmes” (a journal) and “La Ligue Feminine d’Action Social” (a women’s rights organization);
  9. The Literature of Haitian Women: accent should be placed on the literary achievements of women and their unique contributions to the country’s literature and intellectual life (1915-1960s) (See for example, Myriam J. A. Chancy Chancy’s “Framing Silence” Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women”);
  10. Military Regimes and Duvaliers (1957 to 1971, and 1971-1986): should bring to surface women political activism and struggle against Haitian totalitarianism and state-sponsored violence (see the works of Marie Vieux-Chauvet) during the administrations of both Duvalier (“Papa Doc” and “Baby Doc”);
  11. Women and the Lavalas Movement: should study the enormous contributions of women as politico-social activists and freedom fighters in the successful election of Jean-Bertrand Aristide as President of Haiti, as well as their fight against Macoutism and American-Western interventions in the country’s politics;
  12. Women and the Haitian church: evidently, the Haitian church does not exist without the active participation and engagement of women as ministers, preachers, missionaries, and religious educators; for example, women are the backbone of Haitian Protestant Christianity, and without them, contemporary Haitian Protestantism, especially the Evangelical branch, would have declined and eventually died off in the Haitian society; and
  13. Women and the economic life of Haiti: Haitian women are the “poto mitan” (“pillars” or “centers”) of the country’s economic survival and development; Haitian women wear many hats as vendors, merchants, traders, businesswomen, dealers, bankers, financial advisors, etc.

***When you write that book or doctoral dissertation in English with respect to a Woman’s perspective on Haitian History, make sure you send me a copy in the mail! 😊



“The Role of the Church in the Time of Coronavirus”

“The Role of the Church in the Time of Coronavirus”

Happy Monday, Friends!!!

In this tragic time of this pandemic, what is your church doing to reach out to and serve the orphan, the poor, the homeless, the elderly, the incarcerated, and those who have been infected with the COVID-19?

A lot of children just became orphans and homeless as a result of losing their parents to the coronavirus.

A lot of unemployed mothers just lost their husbands–their only source of income in the family–and became single unemployed moms due to the COVID-19.

Many-stay-at-home moms, who were financially dependent on their working husbands to make it in life, just lost their hubbies, due to this pandemic.

Many grandsons and granddaughters just lost their grandparents, who provided them with a home and daily nutrition, to this pandemic.

Many elderly just lost their spouses, close companions, or life partners, and suddenly, they became lonely and are now having a difficult time to adapt and transition through this new life–as a result of this deadly disease.

Children of undocumented parents, who were their only source providers, just lost their undocumented mom or dad, or both, to the coronavirus nightmare.

Adopted adolescent sons and daughters just lost their adoptive parents to this disaster.

What is your church doing to
serve these individuals and reach out to this vulnerable population in your city?

What is God calling you to do to attend to the needs of these individuals and families in your community?


“Social Distancing, Reading, and Intellectual Growth in the time of Coronavirus”

“Social Distancing, Reading, and Intellectual Growth In the time of Coronavirus”

While I am self-quarantining at home or practicing physical distancing, I plan to order first the new books that I do not own and second to read (them) voraciously –throughout the summer:

  1. “The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.” by Peniel E. Joseph
  2. “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own” by Eddie S. Glaude
  3. “Capital and Ideology” by Thomas Piketty
  4. “Autochtonomies: Transnationalism, Testimony, and Transmission in the African Diaspora” by Myriam J. A. Chancy
  5. “In a Post-Hegelian Spirit: Philosophical Theology as Idealistic Discontent” by Gary Dorrien
  6. “The Enlightenment that Failed: Ideas, Revolution, and Democratic Defeat, 1748-1830” by Jonathan I. Israel
  7. “Christ and the Common Life: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy” by Luke Bretherton
  8. “Paul and the Language of Faith” by Nijay K Gupta
  9. “Pauline Dogmatics: The Triumph of God’s Love” by Douglas Campbell
  10. “The Haitian Revolution: Capitalism, Slavery and Counter-Modernity” by Eduardo Grüner

***What are you reading while you are self-quarantining at home?

*** So far, in the past two weeks while practicing social distancing, I already devoured four novels.