Summit the hill leading to the Hotel Montana, and it’s easy to see the devastation wrought by Haiti’s 2010 earthquake — or at least it was in 2012, when I visited two years after the apocalyptic tremblement de terre that killed tens of thousands. Many of the ramshackle concrete houses climbing like gray ivy up the Read more
Book: The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist’s Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis, and Magic Author: Wade Davis, 1985 Review by: Trevor Williams, managing editor, Global Atlanta When I first traveled to Haiti in 2012, I was amazed at its sheer cultural magnetism. In spite of its poverty and Read more
Fourth of July travelers are used to seeing the red, white and blue of Old Glory while in transit to Independence Day celebrations around the nation. But in anticipation of record traffic on what many Americans have made into a four-day weekend, the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta gave flyers a chance to see a more diverse array of Read more
Haiti never seems to be far from Elizabeth Blake’s mind. Or so it seemed when she spoke at the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta downtown on Feb. 21 or even when she gave a lecture at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., two years earlier. The wife of former Home Depot CEO Frank Blake, Mrs. Blake has Read more
United Parcel Service CEO David Abney has been re-elected as the chairman of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, the organization announced after its June 15 board meeting. Newly elected board members include Jackie Royster, dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology, along with Gandy Thomas, consul general of Read more
Though she has still never visited her ancestral country, soccer is giving Georgia State University freshman Taina Anglade a chance to reconnect with her Haitian roots. The 18-year-old in January joined the Haitian women’s national soccer team for a weekend training camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., as the team prepares for qualifying matches later this year for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France or Korea. As Read more
A new Atlanta-based nonprofit is using crowdfunding to build homes for Haitian families, hoping to use its model to scale up to other countries and causes. New Story provides an online platform to allow anyone to give toward the $6,000 it costs to build a home in the island nation ravaged by an earthquake in Read more
Racked by corruption, instability and poverty, conventional wisdom might direct smart travelers away from Haiti, but Consul General Gandy Thomas says his country is seeking “intellectual tourists” who can see its broader narrative beneath the rubble of the past few years. On Dec. 11, he’s inviting Atlantans to experience Haitian culture through dance.
The leaders of Ties That Matter, a non-profit that helps Haitian women grow their incomes by creating fashionable and decorative products from recycled neckties, are using their experiences in the poverty-stricken country to inspire Atlanta’s youth. Laura Martin, co-founder and executive director, has written a storybook about three children who addressed the issue of childhood hunger in Haiti by helping Read more
The David Livingstone of “Dr. Livingstone, I presume,” fame — H.M. Stanley’s reported salutation on the banks of Lake Tanganiyka on Nov. 10, 1871, held a mythic status during the Victorian era as being simultaneously a missionary and an advocate of Britain‘s commercial empire, an extraordinarily adventurous explorer and an anti-slavery crusader.