Duke to Preserve a Landmark of Haitian Democracy | Duke Today

Several years after a Duke scholar helped Haiti reengage with its Declaration of Independence, a new collection in Rubenstein Library’s Human Rights Archive is being celebrated by the tiny island nation’s democracy activists..

The announcement that tapes, archives and other documents from Radio Haiti will be preserved at Duke and made accessible online made headlines in Haiti this week. One newspaper this week wrote simply, “Duke Returns a Voice to Radio Haiti.”

Radio Haiti wasn’t a normal radio station.  For decades, against a backdrop of assaults and arrest by first the Duvalier dictatorships and then by military regimes that followed, Radio Haiti kept the hope of democracy alive in the country. It was the first radio station to deliver news and commentary in Creole, the language most people there speak, and was one of the few places where political discussions could be heard during authoritarian rule. via | Duke Today


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