NEWARK, NJ — Newark recently raised a flag for Haitian pride, honoring several local residents of Haitian lineage and celebrating a nation that city officials called “a model of oppressed and victimized people taking agency and control over their lives.”
Last week, the City of Newark hosted its first flag raising ceremony of 2023 (see photos here).
Some of the honorees at the flag raising included the new director of the Department of Engineering, Dolores Martinez-Wooden and the new director of the Department of Public Safety, Fritz Frage.
“Both directors being of Haitian lineage show how far Haitians have come in becoming leaders and innovators in all aspects of life,” city officials said.
“We can’t think of a better country to honor than Haiti,” officials stated in a social media post. “Haiti serves as a model of oppressed and victimized people taking agency and control over their lives, becoming the first Black republic and first to free its own people from the shackles of slavery.”
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