To My Purpose Driven Free Thinkers aka PDFTs! May this month exceed your expectations! As we all know February is Black History Month. I don't know if you study or research Black people who significantly contributed to the Black experience during this month but personally, I don't need a month to tell me it's okay to be Black, speak on Black, or act Black. I'm always Black minded but for y'all who do celebrate Blackness on this month, do it big! As you know (or maybe don't) my book will be dropping on February 14th aka Valentines Day. It'll be available on this website on the STORE page for purchase. If you want to know the synopsis of MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD go to the Book page on this website. Also, you can check out my youtube channel VIEIS_ME to get more in-depth with my story. I'll add the link below this blog post to the video. And if all that doesn't quench your thirst for MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD, follow my IG for past and future Daily Snippets from my book. They'll always be available but after February 14th, I won't be making any new Daily Snippets from MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JffbMENE9cE
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Today I will be honoring Dutty Boukman aka Boukman Dutty. Boukman Dutty was born in Jamaica, sometime in the 18th century and died November 1791. He was a slave in Haiti who organized a very important ceremony that kickstarted the Haitian Revolution as well as one of the leaders who played a pivotal part in defeating France. During the ceremony, Boukman declared freedom for Haiti in a special speech which motivated the slaves to uprise and begin the Haitian Revolution
Dutty Boukman was a self-educated slave born on the island of Jamaica. There are speculations that his British owner sold him to a French plantation owner after Boukman was caught teaching other Jamaican slaves to read. He was then placed as a slave driver and next as a coach driver. Boukman got his French name from his English nickname, "Book Man." Many scholars debate if he was a Vodou houngan (African spiritual priest). Some suggest that Boukman's name might derive from the Muslim faith because the phrase "man of the book" is connected to the Islamic faith.
According to some accounts, around August 14th, 1791 Boukman presided over a ceremony at the Bois Caïman (northern mountains in Haiti that literally translates to Alligator Woods) with Cécile Fatiman (who was a Mambo aka female high priestess). Boukman prophesied that the slaves Jean François, Biassou, and Jeannot would be leaders of a resistance movement and revolt (known today as the Haitian Revolution) that would bring freedom to the country Saint-Domingue (Haiti). A black creole pig was sacrificed and an agreement was taken amongst the participants. Boukman and Cécile Fatiman encouraged the slaves to take revenge against the French oppressors and "cast aside the image of the God of the oppressors."
Days later, 1,800 plantations were destroyed and 1,000 slaveholders killed. Boukman was not the first person to start a slave uprising in Saint-Domingue. There were others like Padre Jean in 1676, and François Mackandal in 1757. What made him more effective was his size. He had a warrior-like appearance and fearsome temper that aided him in being a great leader to kickstart the Haitian Revolution.
Unfortunately, Boukman was murdered by the French in November 1791, only a few months into the insurrection. The French savagely displayed Boukman's head publicly to try to get the Haitian freedom fighters to go against Boukman Dutty's leadership.
For those wondering how the speech went during the ceremony, don't worry, I got you. "Good Lord who hath made the sun that shines upon us, that riseth from the sea, who maketh the storm to roar; and governeth the thunders, The Lord is hidden in the heavens, and there He watcheth over us. The Lord seeth what the blancs have done. Their god commandeth crimes, ours giveth blessings upon us. The Good Lord hath ordained vengeance. He will give strength to our arms and courage to our hearts. He shall sustain us. Cast down the image of the god of the blancs, because he maketh the tears to flow from our eyes. Hearken unto Liberty that speaketh now in all your hearts."
Sources: Being Haitian and knowing my history plus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutty_Boukman
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