Author Archives: Jacques Fleury

Haiti: 8 Months Post-Quake

In the aftermath of one the biggest tragedies in Haiti—a country already known for persistent political unrest and economic depravity—the country still lacks the ability to meet basic human needs. Long after the media coverage of the January 12th earthquake has ceased and Haiti’s fifteen minutes of fame appears to have faded, one thing remains

Fireflies on the Wind: On Leaving Haiti Part II

Jacques Fleury: The Haitian Firefly [Excerpt from my book Sparks in the Dark: A Lighter Shade of Blue, A Poetic Memoir] Imagine this jumpy scenario if you will. The house was full of activity. Five sisters, four big country husbands, four cousins, three stalwart maids and about four tenants with kids who rented parts of the house

Fireflies on the Wind: On Leaving Haiti

Jacques Fleury: The Haitian Firefly [Excerpt from my book Sparks in the Dark, A Lighter Shade of Blue, A Poetic Memoir] I was the first-born boy in my family and my appointed religion was Catholicism. With that came a lot of responsibility. And I’ll get into that shortly. Since I was the first-born boy, my

Local Community to Walk for Haiti

Jacques Fleury: The Haitian Firefly Spare Change News Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” So let’s take a moment to remember the less fortunate and, instead of accumulating more “stuff” that we don’t really need, work to help our brothers and sisters in

Why We Still Need Black History Month

In an article by Mema Ayi and Demetrius Patterson from the Chicago Defender, the authors wrote “Actor Morgan Freeman created a small firestorm…when he told Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes that he finds Black History Month (BHM) ridiculous.” Freeman goes on to say that “Americans perpetrate racism by relegating Black history to just one month

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