Haiti Rising - Grassroots Efforts and Community Mobilization
Claudine Michel, professor of Black Studies at UCSB.
Claudine Michel spoke about grassroots efforts and community mobilization. In the aftermath, there were many faces without names and a nation knocked off balance. She called for reconstructing history, knowledge and the self – a rebuilding of one community at a time, one sacred space at a time. Prof. Michel also spoke about the Bibliothéque du Soleil (French for "library of the sun") project in the town of Carre-Four Feuilles. It was a place of literacy, community and solace.
This was part of Haiti Rising, whereby discussion panelists presented different perspectives on Haiti's situation, converging on the main theme of empowering local Haitian communities and being sensitive to their cultures and needs.
The free event was organized by International Development Studies students and faculty. They collaborated with African Studies, History, the Bunche Center for African American Studies, the UCLA Center for Black Studies Research, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Support came from the UCLA Graduate Division, International Institute and event attendees.
Published: Friday, March 05, 2010