Date and Time

 Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM


Re-imagining Black Futures

Speaker name
The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean, Keynote speaker
Adelle Blackett, moderator

French Transcript

English Transcript


Discover Haiti’s role as a symbol of possibility and self-governance for people of African descent in the Americas in this Big Thinking lecture with The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean. The only formerly enslaved society to claim freedom from its enslavers, Haiti declared itself a Black Republic in 1804 and offered refuge to all enslaved people fleeing bondage. Haiti’s independence, however, ostracized it from most of the world, including France (until 1825) and the United States (until 1862). Military occupation and foreign debt further cut off Haiti’s possibilities in the twentieth century. Today, Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, but its history remains as a record of Black struggle, resistance, and possibility. Join The Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean in a discussion on the importance of Black histories in the Americas, and how Black thought and ideas help us work towards a more progressive and inclusive society for all. This event will take place in French and English, with Simultaneous Interpretation in English and French, Closed Captioning, and ASL services available.