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The Haitian Roundtable Recognizes Karen Civil Among 2016 Change-Making Haitian Americans

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For those who don’t know, this month is Haitian Heritage Month, and today, May 18th, is Haitian Flag Day. This day and month respectively mean a great ordeal to the Haitian community and as a result, Haitian pride is being celebrated worldwide.

In commemoration of Haitian Flag Day, the Haitian Roundtable has announced today the 2016 inductees to the 1804 List of Haitian-American Changemakers and Ones To Watch.

Named in honor of Haiti’s year of independence, the 1804 List recognizes 30 Haitian-Americans who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success in their profession, have been proven forces for change, and have helped to create a better understanding of Haiti and the Haitian community.

This year’s inductees include our very own Karen Civil, Natasha Archer, Eddy Bayardelle, and much more. The full list can be found below.

Established in 2012, the 1804 List by the Haitian Roundtable, has recognized over 120 Haitian-Americans in the United States.

For the first time in the history of the 1804 List, the Haitian Roundtable will present the Catherine Flon Award in honor of the heroic woman who sewed the Haitian flag and is regarded as one of the most important symbols of the Haitian Revolution. The inaugural recipient of the Catherine Flon Award is the legendary performing artist Emeline Michel.

A ceremony and reception well be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 6:00PM-11:00PM at My Image Studios in New York City. See the full list of this year’s inductees below and once again, Happy Haitian Flag Day!

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  • Karen Andre, White House Liaison, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Natasha Archer, Pediatric Hematologist, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Eddy Bayardelle, President, Bronx Community College Foundation
  • Carmelle Bellefleur, Founder and Vice President, Promoting Health in Haiti
  • Patricia Brintle, CEO, From Here To Haiti
  • Alix Cantave, Program Officer for Haiti, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Karen Civil, CEO, Always Civil Enterprises
  • Cliff Decatrel, Head of Multi-Cultural Advertising Sales, Cablevision Media Sales
  • Reginald DesRoches, Chair and Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, George
  • Institute of Technology
  • Astrid Desrosiers, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (more)
  • Hans P. Domercant, President, Motion Picture Association of Haiti
  • Vladimir Duthiers, Correspondent, CBS News
  • Fritz Francois, Chief Medical Officer, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Sydney Guillaume, Composer and Conductor
  • Vicky Jeudy, Actress, Orange Is The New Black
  • Carl-Philippe Juste, Photojournalist, The Miami Herald
  • Charlot Lucien, Senior Contract Manager, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Jean Monestime, Chairman, Miami-Dade County Commission
  • Henry R. Paul, Founder, National Association For the Advancement of Haitians-NY
  • Saurel Quettan, President, Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Mona Rigaud, Chief of Pediatrics, NYU Lutheran Medical Center
  • Fred Seraphin, County Judge, Miami-Dade, 11th Judicial Circuit
  • Christine Souffrant, Entrepreneur and Founder, Vendedy
  • Sandra St. Fleur, Director of Strategic Talent, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • C. Reynold Verrett, President, Xavier University of Louisiana

Ones To Watch

  • Michael Brun, DJ, Producer and Founder, Kid Coconut Records
  • Lionel Moise, Co-Anchor, CBS 2 Chicago
  • Nancy Morisseau, Founding Member, Haitian-American Lawyers Association-NY
  • Rachelle Salnave, Filmmaker, Producer and Director, La Belle Vie: The Good Life
  • Doreen St. Felix, Journalist and Writer, MTV News

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