haitian flag day reminds us that it’s possible to kick colonizers’ asses

May 18, 2018
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A holiday that celebrates the culture and heritage of the Haitian flag and the radical resistance of the people for which it represents. In 1804, Haiti became the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to gain its independence and the second to defeat a European colonial power in the Americas. Two years after the hard-fought victory had been won, Haitian Revolution leader and the first leader of independent Haiti, Jean-Jacques Dessalines decided to remove the white strip from the French flag, symbolizing the end of white influence over the country, maintaining the red and blue backdrop the flag is recognized for today.

Haitian Flag Day is not only celebrated in Haiti but in cities all across America.