Resolution J1138-2013

Commemorating the 209th Anniversary of the Independence of Haiti from France



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 5, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 209th Anniversary of the Inde-
pendence of Haiti from France

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize  and  pay
just  tribute  to  the  cultural  heritage  of  the  ethnic groups which
comprise and contribute to the richness and diversity of  the  community
of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to such concern, and in keeping with its time-ho-
nored traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body  to  commem-
orate  the  209th  Anniversary of the Independence of Haiti from France;
  WHEREAS, On  January  1,  1804,  after  a  prolonged  struggle,  Haiti
proclaimed its independence from France, becoming the second independent
state in the Western Hemisphere and the first free black republic in the
world; and
  WHEREAS,  After  gaining its independence, Haiti was charged by France
what would have been $20 billion U.S. dollars today as  reparations  for
its independence; this debt was not fulfilled until 1922; and
  WHEREAS,  The United States did not acknowledge Haiti until 1862, when
Frederick Douglass visited to establish diplomatic relations; and
  WHEREAS, The celebration of Haitian independence affirms the  culture,
identity  and  self-esteem  of  a  people; it honors a rich heritage and
illuminates Haitian history and tradition, as well as the spirit  of  an
indomitable people; and
  WHEREAS,  The  people of this great State and nation and Haiti enjoy a
deep and abiding relationship rooted in kinship and  culture,  and  many
New Yorkers proudly trace their own roots to Haiti; and
  WHEREAS, The Anniversary of the Independence of Haiti from France is a
time  to celebrate the aspirations and values that have been shared with
Haitians for generations and to recognize the countless contributions of
Americans and New Yorkers of Haitian descent to every aspect of society;
  WHEREAS, The State of New York is greatly enriched by its large  popu-
lation of citizens of Haitian ancestry; and
  WHEREAS,  The  209th  Anniversary  of Haiti's independence provides an
opportunity to recognize the significance of their contributions to  the
quality  and  character of life, and, through events and activities, for
all people to gain a greater appreciation of Haitian history and  tradi-
tions,  and of the role Haitian Americans have played, and will continue
to play, in our society; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity  to
recognize  such  events  of  significance  which foster ethnic pride and
exemplify the cultural diversity that  represents  and  strengthens  the
fabric of the people and the State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 209th Anniversary of  the  Independence  of  Haiti  from


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