The Rochester Committee on Latin America
Presents the film
Greatest Black Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution (1791-1803)
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 7:00 PM
Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St.
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The eighteenth century produced two revolutionary wars against colonization: the American War of Independence and the Haitian Revolution. In each case, the oppressed gained their freedom from tyranny. The U.S. declared its independence in 1776 from Great Britain and Haiti from the French in 1804. The film details the Haitian Revolution and the actions of its leaders, Toussaint L’Ouverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines and others, to end slavery in Haiti. It also describes the historical ties that bind Haiti and the U.S., and how that history continues to define and impact Haiti and contribute to vastly different present-day outcomes for each.
Haitian-born Lucienne Nicholson, Rochester activist and American Association of University Women Educational Fund Director, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward.
The program is free and open to the public; the church is handicapped accessible and looped for the hearing impaired.