Written by: Mrs. Roudelyne Nogar Jean, the Consul General of Haiti in Atlanta
On May 18th, 2023, a significant historical and cultural event commemorated the 220th Flag Day of the Republic of Haiti. This momentous occasion, hosted by the Consulate General of Haiti in Atlanta, embodied a remarkable testament to the rich cultural fabric of the Haitian community, as it elegantly unfurled the beauty, artistry, culinary treasures, music, and performances synonymous with the nation. The cultural event stands out in Atlanta’s vibrant diaspora engagements and diversity, thanks to the dynamic leadership of Mrs. Roudelyne Nogar Jean, the Consul General of Haiti In Atlanta.
The event, the brainchild of multiple organizations, came to fruition through a strategic alliance. It was made possible by the combined efforts of the Consulate General of Haiti in Atlanta, the City of Atlanta, the Office of International and Immigrant Affairs, The Georgia Haitian American Chamber of Commerce, and several other Atlanta-based organizations, each contributing to the celebration’s success. This collaborative endeavor marked a momentous day in Haitian history in Atlanta. It was an inspiring testament to the unifying power of culture and heritage, bridging communities and fostering mutual respect and understanding.
An eclectic audience comprising both Haitian and American communities witnessed an authentic cultural representation of Haiti. The performances included “Folklore,” a popular Haitian traditional dance style that emerged in the 1980s. The dance brought to life the community’s spirit, emotions, and history, forming an undercurrent of connection throughout the night. Also showcased was “Compas,” a musical genre that symbolizes hope, unity, diversity, resiliency, and optimism, further illuminating the cultural depth of Haitian society.
Dignitaries across the spectrum graced the occasion, amplifying the event’s prestige. Representatives from the City of Atlanta, such as Senior Manager Valerie Mills, were present. Other distinguished guests included Forest Park Councilman Darbouze Antoine, Consul General Urs Brönniman of Switzerland, UN Peace Ambassador Dr. April Ripley, Honorary Consuls Dr. Elaine Bryant of Jamaica, Marva Jacobs of Guyana, David Cutting of Barbados, Deputy Consul General Alex Gandler of Israel, Deputy Consul General Dr. Zakari Francis Zirra of Nigeria, Consul Billy Chang of Tapei of Economic and Cultural Office, and members of the Global Federation of Chinese Business Women in Atlanta.