Debout et Marche (Rise and Walk)a tax-exempt, non-profit organization, registered at the federal level in the United States of America, is totally dedicated to the spiritual and material advancement of Haiti and to the promotion of every Haitian locally and internationally. 

The desire of Debout et Marche is to work at building libraries. Education includes information, that comes through books. School children, students, older adults with limited schooling, yet who desire to better themselves as well as researchers should have access to the proper material. Libraries are a dire need in Haiti where there are reportedly only fifty - most of them underequipped - for a population of twelve million.

"Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.
"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012). 


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P E R S O N A L I T I E S 




The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean


Governor General of Canada
Michaëlle Jean, born in Port-au-Prince on September 6, 1957 is a Canadian stateswoman and former journalist who became the 3rd Secretary-General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie in 2015; she is the first woman to hold the position.

Emigrated to Canada with her family in 1968.

From 2005 to 2010, Jean was Governor General of Canada, the 27th since Canadian Confederation.

His Eminence Chibly Langlois (La Vallée, 29 November 1958) is a Haitian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is bishop of Les Cayes since 15 August 2011, and president of Haiti’s Bishops’ Conference.

Pope Francis, on 22 February 2014, elevated Langlois to the College of Cardinals. Langlois is the first Haitian cardinal.

Cardinal Langlois' coat of arms says: "To serve God and man in Love."




Dany Laferrière OC OQ (born Windsor Kléber Laferrière, 13 April 1953) is a Haitian Canadian novelist and journalist who writes in French. He was elected to the Académie Française on 12 December 2013, and inducted in May 2015.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and raised in Petit-Goâve, Laferrière worked as a journalist in Haiti before moving to Canada in 1976. He also worked as a journalist in Canada, and hosted television programming for the TQS network.




Founding Fathers 


Francois-Dominique Toussaint Louverture, (1743-1803) Governor General of the island  

Jean-Jacques Dessalines, (1758-1806) Emperor. 

Alexandre Sabès Petion, (1770-1818) Father of the Republic, First President.  

 Henri Christophe, (1757-1820) King Henri 1st.


 Signatories of the Act of Independence:

Clerveaux, Nicolas Geffrard, Vernet, Gabart, Major-Generals; Paul Romain, Etienne Gérin, Daut, Férou, Cangé, L. Bazelais, Magloire Ambroise, Herne, Toussaint Brave, Yayou, Brigade Generals; Bonnet, F. Papalier, Morelly, Chevalier, Marion, Warrant Officers; Magny, Roux, Brigade Chiefs; Dupui, Carbonne, Diaquoi Aîné, Raphaël, Mallet, Derenoncourt, Army Officers; and Boisrond-Tonnerre, Secretary.


A Few More Heroes 


- Romaine la Prophétesse, (died 1795) religious visionary who led slaves in raids on large plantations between 1791 and 1792.
- Sanite Belair, (1781-1805) a lady soldier who rose to the rank of lieutenant in Toussaint Louverture's army. Married General Charles Belair.
- Catherine Flon, on May 18, 1803 in Arcahaie, sewed together the blue and red stripes of the new Haitian flag after General Dessalines had ripped off the central white stripe from a French flag.
- Marie-Jeanne Lamartinière, a lady soldier who fought at the battle of la Crête-à-Pierrot, March 4-24, 1802, decisive for Haitian independence where she was seen urging her fellow soldiers on. 

- Colonel Charlotin Marcadieu, died on October 17, 1806 alongside Emperor Dessalines while trying to protect him from his attackers.
- Defilée la Folle, the deranged woman who gathered up Emperor Dessalines' remains into a bag.
- Pierre Sully, a young soldier, the only one to give resistance to the 330 US marines was killed at his post at the onset of the July 28, 1915 occupation of Haiti.

Jean-Baptiste Chavannes (1748-1791) 

Vincent Ogé (1755-1791)

Dutty Boukman (died 1791) 

General François Capois (1766-1806)

General Jérôme Maximilien Borgella (1773-1844) 

General Georges Biassou (1741-1801) 

Admiral Hammerton Killick (1856-1902) 

Charlemagne Masséna Peralte (1886-1919) 


 5 Heroes of WWII
Haitian Tuskegee Airmen

 These young military men left Port au Prince in 1943 and 1944 for Alabama (Via Puerto Rico, Miami and Jacksonville) to join the Tuskegee Red Tails and serve in the war. Put together, they flew more than 200 missions.


Lieutenant Alix Pasquet (unknown-1958) left Port au Prince in February of 1943 for Alabama (Via Puerto Rico, Miami and Jacksonville) along with Eberle Guilbaud


Lieutenant Ludovic Audant, standing back row, third from right, is shown with his class from Tuskegee Army Air Field. 

Thomas L. Gay, Cornelius P. Gould Jr., Joseph E. Gordon, Alfred M. Gorham, Richard S. Harder, Wilbur F. Long, Richard D. Macon, Frank H. Moody, Thomas G. Patton, Marion R. Rodgers, Shelby F. Westbrook, Cohen M. White, Leonard R. Willette, Kenneth I. Williams, Henry A. Wise Jr. and Ludovic F. Audant of the Haitian Air Force.Album ID: 836714Photo ID: 25573368


Lieutenant Raymond Cassagnol (1920-)

Raymond Cassagnol shown here at age 89 was a special guest at President  Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009. In April  2010, he was awarded a medal by the American Congress.

Lieutenant Eberle J. Guilbaud (1919-1959)

Lieutenant Nicolas Pélissier. No picture found

Following each name is their class number, graduation date, rank held at Tuskegee, serial number, and hometown.

Audant, Ludovic F. 44-B-SE 2/8/1944 Port au Prince Haiti • Cassagnol, Raymond 43-G-SE 7/28/1943 Haiti • Guilbaud, Eberle J. 44-D-TE 4/15/1944 Port au Prince Haiti • Nicolas, Pelissier C. 44-B-TE 2/8/1944 Port-au-Prince Haiti • Pasquet, Alix 43-H-SE 8/30/1943 Haiti


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