By on December 1, 2012

Preface to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Haïti – Haitii?

by Molefi Kete Asante

Published 6/22/2011

In one report it is said that Toussaint L’Ouverture had wished that his competitor Dessalines would join the revolution and support the struggle for liberation. As Toussaint engaged in battle after battle against the enemies of Haiti, defeating the Spanish and the British, he was called to a negotiation by the French, but with guile they trapped, arrested, and transported him to exile. However, when he received word that Dessalines had committed himself to the battle for Haiti’s freedom, it is said, that L’Ouverture, erstwhile leader of Haiti, declared, “At last!”

Now that President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the first democratically elected president of Haiti, has written this beautiful poetic treatise of dignity and nobility in honor of his people, our people, humanity, we can say what millions of Haitians have been waiting to say, “At last!”…


“It was my honour and a joy to translate Dr. Asante’s text into Haitian Kreyol for publication in the original Haitian Kreyol version of Dr. Aristide’s book” – Jean Saint-Vil (Jafrikayiti).


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