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Celebrating Haitian-American Heritage Month

May 23, 2016 | Blog

During this Haitian-American Heritage Month, I was happy to speak this morning to students at Miami Edison Senior High School. I offered my best advice regarding the journey of life, and stressed that positive change within any community rests in the hands of its people. 

As we celebrate the history and culture of the people of Haiti this month, we should also bring awareness and a sense of urgency to present-day issues involving Haiti, which affect us here in the United States. The world has watched as Haiti has struggled to rebuild its nation following a devastating 2010 earthquake and ongoing political instability, but Haitians around the world continue to be supportive of their country’s transition and take pride in the resilience it has shown.

Nowhere is that truer than in South Florida, home to the largest Haitian diaspora community, including many at Edison High who are working hard to achieve their dreams. They inspired me to continue working hard on their behalf in the U.S. Senate.