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Fighting for September 20 to be Jean-Jacques Dessalines National Holiday

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To this day, Haiti has as a national holiday October 17 to celebrate the founder of the nation, Jean-Jacques Dessalines. But along with a recent awakening of Dessalinienne ideals, the push is being made to have September 20 become the national holiday to celebrate the emperor.

The movement is being led by Bayyinah Bello, a historian who directs the Marie Claire Heureuse Félicité Bonheur Dessalines Foundation, named after the wife of Jean-Jacques Dessalines.

Because October 17, 1806 is the day Dessalines was assassinated, it has never made sense that this would be the day celebrated. That the event of his assassination would be a full-fledged national holiday. That the assassins and their act, be remembered in honorary fashion for all history.

This is the position of Bayyinah Bello and many others, including us here at The Haiti Sentinel, that support the change being made into law.

The President of the Republic has the power to decree a day of rememberanc, holiday, or closing of national offices. But to institute a national holiday that will be kept nationwide, through all the territories, departments and municipalities, it will take an act of the legislature, the Parliament.

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