Cliff Avril has been defined this season, maybe his best season, by his charity work in Haiti. But his re-connection with Haiti after more than a decade away from the island is rooted in the death of his father. The cycle of life and death made Avril consider history.
The issue of self discovery — specifically, when searching for your cultural connection to the world at large — is one reason that Frantz Derenoncourt, Jr. decided to become an author with his freshman book Haiti: The First Black Republic, which is inspired by the true events of the Haitian Revolution (1804). “I think it is vital,” he stated, “to learn as much about our ancestors in this modern world because the school system does not teach our history accurately or completely.”