Black History and West Indian Experience

For many people around the world, February is reserved for the celebration of love. But here in America, we dedicate the second month of the year to our black history, honoring our African ancestors who helped paved the way for our freedom and equal opportunities. The African-American experience is certainly not devoid of trials, but the sum of our triumphs outweigh the challenges we’ve overcome and the ones we have yet to face.

When we think of the great orators who have graced national platforms and have captured the attention and hearts of many, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. comes to mind. When we think of the musical legends who have sacrificed their blood, sweat, and tears for their rhythm and blues,  Nat King Cole comes to mind. When we think of black athletes who have broken barriers and dominated arenas, stadiums and/or fields, Earl Lloyd, (one of the first African-American players in the NBA) comes to mind. And when it comes to literature and poetry, Frederick Douglas, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neal Hurston are just some of the many prolific writers who were brave enough to tell our stories unapologetically.

However, many West Indians struggle to find their place in black America’s history, particularly because it appears we have been excluded from the Black History Month narrative. The lack of Afro-Caribbean representation is so evident–and at times, deliberate-that it seems that our experiences and contributions have been relegated to National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, which is mainly observed by those of us who make up this demographic. And yet, our history is riddled with the same oppression that threatened to diminish us as black people. Our ancestors were stolen from Africa and sold into slavery too!

When Toussaint Louverture fought against the white slave owners in Hispaniola, he did it so that all of our black brothers and sisters could be free there and elsewhere. When Henri Christophe fought alongside more than 500 free men of color to help white American forces defeat British Imperialists, it was so that the United States would someday be a good place for our African brothers and sisters.  The independence that allows us to celebrate Black History Month was won by a black brigade consisting of men who were slaves in America and Hispaniola. The West Indian experience offers just as many illustrious examples of resiliency, ambition, and success as that of the African-American experience. Both experiences are intertwined in the fabric of Black History Month. Therefore, historical figures like Frederic Marcelin, Bob Marley, and Blake Alphonso Higgs should be celebrated as much as we celebrate the likes of  Malcolm X and Nikki Giovanni. Our collective black excellence deserves that much!

By Ifonia Jean

A Night of Music and a Mission

A couple of weeks ago, on a chilly Saturday evening, men and women from the Haitian community gathered together for a common goal—to help send a group of hopeful athletes to the Olympics next year in Tokyo. The event was both inspiring and meaningful, as everyone had the opportunity to immerse himself or herself in Haitian culture through music. Guests were greeted at the door by the tunes of Da Fella’s Band, a guitar trio, and were led to the dance floor by the sounds of Chicago’s local band, Fuse, who performed live. International artist J. Perry also took the stage to perform his latest hits. DJ Fire kept the crowd entertained for the remainder of the night.

Members of the DuSable Heritage Association and Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti were also at the event to demonstrate their commonality with Sons and Daughter of Haiti’s overall mission. They were pleased to learn about the organization’s goals as the founders Mr. Aly and Dr. Sandra Laveaux spoke about them and highlighted some of its past accomplishments, such as its annual health fair in Cap Haitien. The Laveaux’s also introduced the host of the hour, Olympic swimmer, Naomy Grand’Pierre. Grand’Pierre talked about her Olympic journey, emphasizing her past victory and future aspirations. It is Grand’Pierre’s desire to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and as she stated, she needs the help of her fellow Haitians to make her dream a reality. Sons and Daughters continue to stand by her with unwavering faith and a relentless commitment to spur the Haitian community to action.

If you want to see Haiti represented on a worldwide platform and recognized for something positive in the media, this is the perfect opportunity to help bring attention to the great things that our country has to offer.

A Night of Inspiration Brings Hope: Tokyo 2020

It is often said that comfort holds us back more than fear does. How true is that! Last year we took a leap of faith and tried something different—we hosted our inaugural Holiday Banquet! Of course, we had some nagging reservations about the event, but we are proud to share that we exceeded our expectations.

Sons and Daughters of Haiti recognized seven dynamic entrepreneurs who represent the Haitian men and women who are impacting their communities. Needless to say, we had a great turnout and the food was delectable. The group, The Remnant moved the attendants with an interpretive dance presentation, while Gina and Jeanelle Demargeau performed a few selections as a duet. To top it off, Haitian artist Phyllisia Ross, along with her band, brought down the house with a performance of some of her hits, including Only for You and Konsa.

Haitian-American Olympic swimmer, Naomy Grand’Pierre spread some inspiration with a riveting and transparent account of her journey to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. As she shared, the experience has motivated her to prepare for Tokyo 2020 in hopes of inspiring “Haitians all over the world to embrace the history of Haiti with pride and dignity, so together we can showcase Haitian beauty as a way to counteract the negative stigmas being spread.”

We are committed to help Naomy, and other Haitian swimmers, realize their dreams because we know a win for them is a victory for Haiti. Through our initiative, Road to Tokyo, and generous supporters like you, we know we can reach our goal.


Past and Present: A Celebration of Generosity

Suze Orman once said, “True generosity is an offering: given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations.” For the past few years, we at Sons and Daughters of Haiti have been so privileged to serve the locals in Haiti, giving our time, energy and resources. None of this would be possible without the people who believe in our mission and support us in whatever way they can. We’ve learned that giving is not always about pulling out your wallet; it’s also about lending a hand.

Therefore, there’s no way to truly measure our impact, but rest assured we are making great progress, which is exciting to see! We kicked off the year with a successful album release party in Chicago, IL for artist JBeatz, followed by our 5K Walk/Run. We are so grateful for the turnout for both events! We were able to collect medical supplies and travel to Haiti with our team to host our annual health fair in Pignon, Haiti. We saw over 100 patients within two days, and our in-house physician and director, Dr. Sandra Laveaux, MD, MPH provided basic healthcare needs and medication. We saved some time for leisure (because we believe in a healthy balance of work and play) by visiting the Citadel.

Special thanks to Tania Delinois of Cornerstone Preschool, Veronica Cyrus, Herbert Emile, Nosbens Clervil, Hosean International Ministries, Krissy Joseph, DJ’FIRE and Blaze International Production for their invaluable contributions and to Brother’s Brother Foundation for the medication and medical supply donations.

To close out the year, we will be honoring the key contributors, who have really helped make our events and mission trips a success, at our inaugural gala. There will be live music by international artist, Phyllisia Ross, Oliver Duret, catered dinner by “Taste of Haiti Orlando 2018” winner, Chef Robinson Joseph, a special dance performance by The Remnant, raffles and giveaways. The night will feature guest speaker 2016 Olympian Naomy Grand’Pierre. Please join us and get chance to learn more about Sons and Daughters of Haiti, meet the board and honorees, and help us celebrate great things to come. Get your tickets now!


Friends of Maggie (Yole)

Dear friends,
Six members from one family; including our beloved Yole and Tony, lost their lives on Saturday September 2, 2018. This tragedy leaves us all with heavy hearts, wondering if one would ever recover. By the same token, we are asking how is this family going to deal with the costs of burials. Your support is crucial to our efforts to raise $5000 and show the family we stand with them. If you’re able, we would love it if you could make a donation to help us achieve our mission of telling the family we feel their pain.

Please receive our sincere thanks in advance for your contribution.

Follow the instructions outlined below:

1. Click on the “Donate” tab
2. Select the amount you would like to donate
3. Click the dropdown menu under the section “Would you like to donate this to a specific campaign?” and select ‘Friends of Maggie (Yole)
For more info call: (678)-533-9525 or email at

Aly Laveaux

Donate by Mail

Sons and Daughters of Haiti
3208 Festival Drive
Margate, FL 33063


SNDHAITI July 2018 Mission Trip

We at Sons and Daughters of Haiti are excited to share this picture documentation of our 2nd annual mission trip to Haiti. Thanks to the support from the sponsors and participants of our October 28th, 2017 Haitian Comedy Night in Chicago, IL, April 28th, 2018 JBeatz Album release party in Chicago, IL and May 5th, 2018 5k run for Hope in Coconut Creek, FL we were able to impact lives in Haiti. Special thanks to Tania Delinois of Cornerstone Preschool, Veronica Cyrus, Herbert Emile, Nosbens Clervil, Hosean International Ministries, Krissy Joseph, DJ’FIRE and Blaze International Production for their invaluable contributions and to Brother’s Brother Foundation for the medication and medical supply donations. Please enjoy the pictures!! We hope to see you all at our Holiday Gala on December 22nd, 2018 and 5k in May, 2019.

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Holiday Gala

Join Sons and Daughters of Haiti as we celebrate the holiday season and honor key contributors to the organization’s success. Bring old friends and make new ones as we wine, dine and dance the night away!! The night will feature guest speaker 2016 Olympian  Naomy Grand’Pierre.  Festivities will include a variety of raffles, door prizes, and dinner by “Taste of Haiti Orlando 2018” winner, Chef Robinson Joseph. Entertainment will feature a special dance performance by The Remnant, live performance by Oliver Duret and live music by international artist, Phyllisia Ross. Purchase your tickets in advance and save your spot for this special event.

Proceeds will benefit Sons and Daughters of Haiti’s 2019 annual health and wellness fair.

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Happy Flag Day!!

It’s that time again! When it come’s to our beloved Haiti’s flag, it is truly a symbol of our freedom and pride that must be celebrated with great fanfare. For some, May 18 is just another day, but for our brothers and sisters in Miami, Boston, New York, Chicago and other parts of the U.S., it’s a cause for music and dancing. This day is especially significant to Sons and Daughters of Haiti because it reminds us of who we are as a people, how far we’ve come as a nation and how important our country’s legacy is as the world’s first independent black republic. That’s why we are passionate about our mission and the work we are doing. We kicked off the year with an album release party for Jbeatz and to start off Haitian Heritage Month, we hosted our Second Annual 5K Walk and Run on May 5th at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. We are truly grateful for our sponsors Cornerstone Preschool, Express Tax1, Leadstar Financial, Dugazon Investment Group and for those who participated to help us raise money for our Medical Missions Trip this summer. As our organization grows and continues to make a name for itself in Chicago, Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale, we look forward to executing some of our key initiatives to help restore Haiti to its former glory. We recognize the collaborative effort needed to give the people access to health care, a quality education and job opportunities. So as we celebrate our country’s historical achievements, let’s unite to ensure its future success. Keep checking our website for upcoming events and to find out how you can be a part of it. L’union Fait La Force!


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What’s New at SNDHAITI!!

We know that we are nearly two months into 2018 already, but our calendars are still ripe for lifelong experiences and lessons. So far we’ve learned that popularity and wealth are not good prerequisites or indicators of effective leadership; hard work, determination and unity pay off (congratulations to Haiti’s women soccer team); and now, more than ever, Haiti needs our collective efforts to regain the economic preeminence that it once enjoyed. We refuse to be perceived as inferior and are thankful when influential people, like Conan O’Brien and Anderson Cooper, use their platforms to defend and expose our history and culture.

Their activism—in response to recent events—serve as reminders for our organization to continue thriving in the face of adversity, and to remember why we do what we do. In the final analysis, we want to set an example for the younger generation of Haitians so they can take our baton of passion and run with it. We want Haiti to be seen and discussed…in a positive light. Of course we know this will take much time and work, but we are committed to the journey ahead.

Last year, we were able to host our first 5K Run/Walk and Family Comedy Show, featuring popular Haitian comedians, TonTon Bicha and Kako. We also coordinated a medical mission trip to Haiti, where we distributed medication, met with patients, presented a health lecture, and sat with local officials to brainstorm and discuss ideas that will help us expand our reach and impact. The supportive men and women who stood with us made all of our efforts possible.

This year, we want to keep the momentum going by getting involved in Haitian communities, locally and abroad. In just a couple of months, we will be hosting Jbeatz Chicago’s Album Release Party on April 28, 2018 in Chicago, IL and our Second Annual 5K for Hope Run/Walk at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, FL on May 5, 2018, which will be bigger and better than the last one. We look forward to seeing both familiar AND new faces. Please check our page at periodically for upcoming events. See you soon!

SNDHaiti 2nd Annual 5K for Hope Run/Walk

Sons and Daughters of Haiti, Inc., a local non-profit is lacing up and hitting the pavements to raise funds for an important cause. The organization is hosting a 5K Run/Walk at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek, FL. The race is sanctioned by USA Track & Field. The event will feature music by DJ Vladimix and a dance presentation in celebration of Haitian Heritage Month.
To purchase tickets click here. Proceeds will benefit Sons and Daughters of Haiti’s first annual health and wellness fair scheduled for this upcoming summer. Men, women and children residing in Haiti will have an opportunity to receive free health screenings.

Last Year’s Run!