Haitian flag day celebrated in Brooklyn
Cyril Josh Barker | 5/15/2014, 2:26 p.m.
On May 16, City Council Member and Deputy Leader Jumaane D. Williams and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will co-host the fourth annual Haitian Flag Day with News 12 anchor Alisha Laventure by paying tribute to Haitian-American culture and contributions at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
The holiday, which is celebrated on Sunday, May 18, commemorates the creation of the nation’s blue and red banner by revolutionary leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines in 1803.
Williams will present New York City Council proclamations to the honorees, who include actor and philanthropist Jamie Hector; Jean Alerte, CEO and founder of Brooklyn Swirl; and Patricia Beauvais, philanthropist and senior producer of CBS-NY. Williams will also honor 13-year-old Gama Droiville, who was shot by a stray bullet on Flatbush Avenue last month.
The celebration will feature performances by Martina Bruno, D’Viniti and the IET Band. Food and refreshments will also be provided courtesy of 1199SEIU-UHWE and Eminent Hospitality Solutions.