The Kickoff commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the disappearance of Jacques Stephen Alexis has been postponed. All schools and universities were closed Thursday as hurricane Katrina was poised to unleash its fury over South Florida. An announcement was made over the radio to inform the community about the postponement.The committee will meet on Monday to come up with a new date for the opening of the activities. CSMS and NSU have sincerely apologized for this inconvenience, and hoped to be able to receive the same response from the many people who have called to receive clarification on the new date. “Of course, this is not something you would want to postpone. But this also is something that was beyond my control. We could have gone ahead and held the activity. However, I’m not sure many people would have shown up,” said Dr. Isma, CSMS president. Let’s be reminded that the kickoff is a realization of the Alexis Committee, Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies in collaboration with Fischler School of Education/Cultural Diversity Division at Nova Southeastern University, remembering this great author and fervent revolutionary who disappeared in 1961, presumably killed by the Creole fascists in Haiti. He was only 39.Alexis’ works continue to be the subject of passionate debates in many academic venues of the world. His book Compère Général Soleil, which was recently translated into English by Carrol Coates, professor of French and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York, remains a classic in Maison Gallimard in Paris.Many artists, writers, journalists, political militants, folk singers, folkloric groups will take part in the grand finale, including Alexis’ old comrades like Gerald Bloncourt, Alexis’ children, other family members and more……An expo of Alexis’s works and works of other prominent Haitian writers will be displayed throughout the month of April. The finale is set for April 22nd. The location is to be arranged. For more info, call 954-224-5186 or 954-893-1396
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