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Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

Some people in the area can not accept the fact that the Haitian community has claimed the area for good. The Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair which opened in Little Haiti in Miami is one of the examples that shows that the Haitian community wants to make Little Haiti theirs

Some people say acknowledging Lemon City is not problematic, yet they resent Lemon City saying the name needs to go.

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Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

The Little Haiti neighborhood is here to stay in Miami as the Haitian community is making more of their presence to be known.

Some think racism lies behind efforts to divest the area of its Haitian identity. Ethnic groups have slandered Haiti as a poor country and feel the name Little Haiti would taint the neighborhood and drive away investors. Still others believe Little Haiti and Lemon City ". . . can co-exist side-by-side . . ."

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Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

The Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair and Little Haiti Cultural Center

The history of how Little Haiti came to be began when Haitian migrants settled in the neighborhood at the end of the 70s and beginning of the 80s. It first became known as Little Port-au-Prince but the news media soon coined it Little Haiti.

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Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

The Little Haiti Cultural Center presents the Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair.

Activist Marleine Bastien says newcomers to Little Haiti want to get rid of the name. She can't comprehend ". . . why they don't want it to be named Little Haiti anymore." Conversely Lemon City activist, Georgia Ayers, contends "Lemon City is not in Little Haiti."

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Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

The Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair opens Saturday evening at the Little Haiti Cultural Center

Little Haiti wants Official Name Recognition

A contentious issue is dividing a South Florida community: whether to officially designate the name of the neighborhood as Little Haiti or not. The area has no legally-defined boundaries, and it's led to a wrangle between the Haitian community and residents of Lemon City, who do not consider themselves part of Little Haiti.

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Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

The Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair at the Little Haiti Cultural Center

Authors are spending their own money (but books) are sitting on the shelves (and) no one is buying them because they don't know them." Mapou hopes more cultural events like the Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair will create a desire in Haitians to understand more about their cultural heritage.

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Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

Jan Mapou of the eponymous cultural center is also the owner of Libreri Mapou, South Florida's foremost book store stocking Haitian books. He told a media outlet South Florida Haitian authors have been self-publishing and don't have the tools provided by the big publishing houses to promote themselves to more Haitian readers.

The Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair opens Saturday evening at the Little Haiti Cultural Center

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Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

Performances by a Haitian folkloric group will be the evening's entertainment, who will also open the all-day (10-6) street fair on Sunday. Activities planned for the fair include Caribbean cuisine, arts and crafts, and a dance workshop. Two sponsors, the Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation are teaming up to support the event.

The Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair opens Saturday evening at the Little Haiti Cultural Center

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Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

Two-Day Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair Promotes Local Haitian Authors

The Little Haiti Cultural Center will host a reception from 6'9 pm for Danticat, Victor, and other writers Saturday evening to promote them to a wider audience

The Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair opens Saturday evening at the Little Haiti Cultural Center

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Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

Mapou Cultural Center and the Knight Foundation Book Fair

The Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair opens Saturday evening at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and several shows were organized to promote the Haitian culture. What you are looking are several young Haitian girls dancing to the beat of Haitian drums. They are in the process of performing a very popular show in Haiti. This was taken from Rara in Haiti which is known for bright colorful dress and dance

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