Nurturing Haitian-American Leadership

Haitian-born Attorney General of Washington D.C., Karl A. Racine

New workshop to foster greater leadership among Haitian Diaspora

Creating any meaningful change for the Haitian-American community and their home cities requires meaningful representation. And that’s the goal at the upcoming 2nd annual workshop, “Roadmap to Success: How to Get Elected and Serve with Integrity.” The free forum, hosted by Haitian-Americans for Progress, is set for Saturday, March 19, from 10:30 am to 12:30 p.m. at the Center of Haitian Studies (CHS) in Miami.

This year, the keynote speaker will the Haitian-born Attorney General of Washington D.C., Karl A. Racine. At three years old, Racine and his family fled the Duvalier regime and emigrated to Washington, D.C., where he grew up. After graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia School of Law, Racine soon began a life of public service, inspired by the sense of equal justice formed by his family’s experience under authoritarian rule in Haiti. He served as a D.C. public defender, a board member of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and as associate White House Counsel in the Clinton Administration. In his private practice, ehen Racine became Managing Partner at Venable LLP, he became the first African-American managing partner of a top-100 law firm. The National Law Journal named Racine one of the 50 most influential Minority Lawyers in the United States.

Racine will lead an intimate and interactive session discussing how to get elected, and the moral compass necessary for elected officials and those interested in public service. Haitian-Americans for Progress is a Florida political committee dedicated to empowering Haitian-Americans across the United States, and increasing awareness of issues that impact Haitian-Americans.

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