Legacy of 1804 with guests Dowoti Désir and Katleen Felix this Thursday at 5PM

This Thursday a 5PM I welcome Manbo Dowoti Désir in the first hour. We will be discussing the Gede tradition in Haiti as well as her involvement with reparations for slavery. We will also be discussing the recriminalization of Haitian Vodou in the latest amendment to the Haitian Constitution and the cutting of the mapou tree at Bwa Kayiman by foreign missionaries or affiliates.

Dowoti Désir is a Manbo Asogwe and a scholar of Haitian Vodou. She is the Founder and President of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action Watch Group (www.ddpawatchgroup.info). She utilizes interfaith exchanges and cultural diplomacy to facilitate better understanding of AfroAtlantic spiritual systems in the global North. She has written extensively about the contemporary and sacred arts of the African Diaspora, its religions and sociopolitical issues impacting the global African community. Her book, 'Wòch Kase wòch: Redlining a Holocaust, Memorials and the People of the AfroAtlantic,' focusing on the right to memory, the built environment, and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, will be available in 2014. She is a graduate of Barnard College and has a Master's degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

In the second hour we will chat with Katleen Felix of Zafèn and Fonkoze about the Association of Haitian Professionals conference taking place this weekend.

Katleen Félix is an international Consultant holding a Master’s degree in International Finance and Management from HEC Montreal. Katleen Felix has been the Haitian Diaspora Liaison for Fonkoze (www.fonkoze.org) for the past 6 years, where she was responsible of research and development of new remittance products or initiatives, financial literacy programs for new immigrants, training and capacity-building for Haitian Hometown Associations (HHTAs), project reporting and donor relations. Her most recent project is the launch of Zafen (www.zafen.org ) a new crowd funding website for small-and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and social enterprises in Haiti. She has designed the pilot “Remittance for Business” which trained over 300 people in Haiti and in the Haitian Diaspora.

This show will re-air Friday night at 9pm usual time. 

Listen online: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blackwholeradio/2013/10/31/legacy-of-1804 or by phone at (323) 927-2913. 

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