Carl Juste: A Retrospective – A Photo Exhibit Documenting 25 years of Photojournalist’s Career “Through the Lens” – 60th Anniversary Alumni Artist Series: Exhibit 3

Carl Juste talks to some young guests about his photo essay, “Invictus: Haiti Unconquered” that opened in December, Art Basel, 2010 at the ACND Gallery.


Miami, FL_ Carl Juste (a graduate of Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep ’81) presents a retrospective of his work documenting the course of his 25 year career as photojournalist for the Miami Herald and past exhibits at ACND including: "Cachao" 2007; "Havana & Haiti" 2008; and "Invictus: Haiti Unconquered.”

Under threat of persecution, Haitian-born Carl Phillipe Juste fled with his family from Haiti in 1965. Settling in Miami’s Haitian community, Juste flourished academically and won a scholarship to the University of Miami. Although he intended to be an engineer, he could not ignore the photographic inner voice that had spoken to him since childhood. Responding to a clear relationship he shared with the visual world, Juste vigorously pursued photojournalism and since 1991, has served his community through his work at the Miami Herald. He has received numerous awards for his work from Picture of the Year, Pulitzer Prize, Society for News Design, Best of Photojournalism, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Juste is founder of both the IPC Visual Lab and Iris Photo Collective.


Juste has exhibited his own work and of his students from IPC Visual Lab many times at the ACND Gallery, and has exhibited at both solo and group shows at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Little Haiti Cultural Center, and other galleries throughout South Florida.

“Our 60th Anniversary year has allowed us an opportunity to welcome alums from as far back as the ‘50’s,” commented Douglas Romanik. “Carl, however, has been constantly present. Whether it is to exhibit his own work or of his students, to mentor our students, or teach, we are very thankful for his contribution. His influence upon our community cannot go unnoticed either. I hope that everyone comes out to celebrate his achievements!”



Carl Juste: A Retrospective
60th Anniversary Alumni Artist Series Part 3
Opening Reception: 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014
Exhibit Closes April 30, 2014
ACND Gallery of Art at
Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep
4949 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL
(305) 751-8367
[email protected]

 Photot: IPC Visual Lab

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Travels to Haiti for Discussions with President Martelly’s Administration about Reconstruction Efforts and Haiti Elections

MIAMI - Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) will travel to Haiti today at the invitation of House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman-emeritus Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27). The purpose of the trip is to examine the findings of a Governmental Accountability Office report, commissioned through the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which reviews the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) assistance efforts in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. The delegation, which also includes Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), will also assess the security situation in Haiti and receive an update on the status of local elections.

“It has been four years since the worst natural disaster in recent memory occurred in Haiti—the Haiti Earthquake of 2010. Despite heavy investment in Haiti, many projected goals have not been met.

I am committed to restoring Haiti for the good of its people, who are more than our neighbors: they are the loved ones of my constituents, my staff, and my friends and family. It is time to renew our efforts to rebuild Haiti by insisting on accountability and transparency,” said Congresswoman Wilson.

Throughout her life, Congresswoman Wilson has been a champion of Haitian causes. In 1982, she stood up for the fair treatment of Haitian women refugees who were incarcerated at the Krome Detention Center.

Congresswoman Wilson’s tireless activism led to a change in policy and improved living conditions for women at the Krome Detention Center.

Congresswoman Wilson has traveled to Haiti numerous times, including soon after the devastating 2010 earthquake. She fought to extend and expand temporary protective status (TPS) for Haitians, led the effort to get the State Department to add Haiti to the list of now-58 countries eligible for the H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant visa program, and introduced a resolution to combat gender-based violence.

Caribbean Fantastic Brings Haitian Spice To Art Basel


The first Art Basel show was held in Basel, Switzerland in 1970, conceived by its founders Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt, to bring together gallerists, collectors and art professionals to see the finest 20th century art from around the world. Since that time, Art Basel has also been staged in Hong Kong and Miami Beach. Art Basel, however, is not known for showcasing artists or art from the African Diaspora. That has changed in recent years through the efforts of several individuals and organizations including Multitudes Contemporary Art Gallery owner and curator Babacar Mbow who are committed to bringing forth some of that change in Miami. 

This year’s exhibition at Multitudes will focus on Haiti, the country that represented African freedom and independence in the Western Hemisphere and hence a source of great inspiration for artists. The change towards greater diversity will go into high gear with the exhibition titled “Caribbean Fantastic” that runs from December 3, 2013 through January 2, 2014 at the Multitudes Contemporary Art Gallery, 5570 Northeast Fourth Avenue, Miami, Florida 33137. Caribbean Fantastic features critically acclaimed artist Jean Claude Legagneur whose works have been showcased in the United States and internationally.


Congresswoman Frederica Wilson Leads Effort to Assist People of Haitian Descent in the Dominican Republic

WASHINGTON, DC   - Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III (MA-4) submitted a letter to President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic in response to a recent Dominican court ruling that makes many Dominican citizens of Haitian descent into outsiders in their own country.  The ruling by the Dominican Republic’s Tribunal Constitucional in TC/0163/13 strips persons born on Dominican soil to parents without legal documentation of their citizenship rights. 

 Excerpts from the letter are as follows:

“For over a generation the international community has agreed that governments have a duty to prevent statelessness. The right to nationality is fundamental and a gateway to almost all other human rights and government protections. Without citizenship one cannot access basic services such as education or health care, let alone find employment or exercise any number of political rights.”

“This decision by the Tribunal Constitucional could result in an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and seriously threaten regional stability. In light of this, we urge you to take all necessary steps to stay the tide of the denationalization campaign exemplified by the Tribunal Constitucional, and together we call for the protection of the thousands of Dominicans currently at risk of becoming stateless.”


Please watch the video below to get an idea of the human rights violations being endured by Haitians and people of Haitian descent in the Dominica Republic.

Please read the article below:

If you are black, get out: The crisis of statelessness in the Dominican Republic



Frederica Wilson
WASHINGTON, DC— On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL)  led 15 fellow Members of Congress in introducing a resolution calling for specific actions to stop the emergency of gender-based violence in Haiti.  After the January 2010 earthquake -- which claimed up to 220,000 lives -- Haiti experienced a striking increase in the incidence of gender-based violence.  According to a recent study, 14 percent of earthquake-affected households reported at least one member being victimized by sexual violence since 2010.  Congresswoman Wilson offered the following statement:


“Gender-based violence is an emergency in Haiti today. But, thankfully, through smart policy and the strength and courage of Haitian women, it's a situation that's within our power to change. 

With its "Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence," the Obama administration is on the right track. Congress and the administration must ensure robust funding for these initiatives, including the U.S. Agency for International Development's Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy, to meet the continuing need.

"For me, this issue is personal. I have seen the tent cities firsthand. I have spoken to the women. I have counseled the victims and witnessed the scars of indignation and pain. I feel the anguish in my bones.  But I also feel the hope. Let’s work together to ensure that no woman in Haiti, no woman in this hemisphere or in this world, has to bear the indignity of sexual violence."


Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep Students Participate in "Global Entrepreneurship Week" Summit with Haiti Prime MinisterHonorable Laurent Lamothe

On November 16, 2012, students from Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep attended the "Unleashing Entrepreneurship in Haiti" discussion hosted by St. Thomas University's School of Business and with special guest Honorable Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of Haiti. The ACND group represented the only high school invited to attend.  The rest were university undergraduate students that volunteer in the community – in particular Miami’s Haitian community.  Prime Minister Lamothe's speech culminated a week-long series of events at St. Thomas as part of the nationally celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week.

In his discussion, the Prime Minister spoke about social entrepreneurship in Haiti through partnerships with the United States. The main theme of the Prime Minister’s talk was the outlook for the future of Haiti.  He discussed "surcharges" to ensure every Haitian child from 1st grade through 6th grade could attend school at no cost to their family.  They have currently collected $1 Million towards their $1.75 Million yearly need.

Prime Minister Lamothe stated that the only way to true freedom (liberation) is through education.  A similar philosophy carried out at ACND that practices the Blessed Edmund Rice's methodology -- to empower people through education and "helping people to help themselves.”

Following the Prime Minister’s discussion Professors and Student Interns of the Center for Justice Peace provided a 30-minute workshop for the ACND high school students and discussed ways that college students can be involved in community work and volunteerism, and also things high school students can do to help them prepare for college. 

The ACND students that participated were: Shatorreia Edgecombe (12th grade); Kazonte Lockett (12); Whitney Noel (11); Briana Joseph (11); Philipp Cheron (12);  Derotie Pierre (11); Milienne Bonenfant (11); Di-Stephano Accilien (12); Kareen Etiene (12); Christine Masseus (11); Daniel Dareus (12); Jackysha Jean (12); Golding Maurice (10); Tiffany Ospin (11); Ashllyne Cherry (11); Maniola Mompremier (10); Roddy Meme (12); Brenda Delburn (11); Karen Jean-Louis (10); Karlmax Deshommes (10); Naika Imbert (10); Dominique Etiene (10); Anassthasia Poitier (11); Jamal Mapp (11); Marlin Harris (10); Marc Andy Guillaume (10); Lexus Holden (11); Martin Piquion (10); Karen Jean Francois (10); Dino Lefevre (12); Fabiola Registre (11); Stanley Celestin (11); Tania Pierre (11); Kathiana Dureny (12); Erlandie Belledant (11); Galisa Hyppolite (12); Mayer Casseus (10); Katiana Desarmes (10); Steve Renelien (11); and Chris Moss (12.)



November 16, 2012, 40 Students from Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep participated in the “Unleashing Entrepreneurship in Haiti” discussion with Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.



Brother Rice Middle School Students Capture 2nd Place at First Annual Haitian Heritage History Bee

Last week, middle school students from the Brother Rice Honors Academy at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep, captured second place at the First Annual Haitian Heritage Month History Bee.  The event, that took place at North Miami Senior High School, hosted students from both public and private schools throughout Miami.  The Brother Rice students, the only middle school team to compete at the high school level, fell only one point short of the MAST Academy.

The competition was part of a month-long celebration of the arts, culture, and education held under the auspice of Miami-Dade County’s Haitian Heritage Cultural Month held each May for the past 12 years. 

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime who sponsored the event, stated in a press release, “The history of the Haitian people is rich and should be shared and cherished by everyone.  The History Bee is an excellent opportunity to share the story of the Haitian people with the residents of Miami-Dade County.  This is also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the contributions that Haitians have made to our country and our world.”

The Brother Rice students prepared for the competition for about one month.  Academy teacher William Perry had pairs of students prepare lesson plans and quizzes to present to their fellow students.  “We studied everything from the Pre-Columbian Era to the Revolutionary War,” commented Perry.  “It was an exciting competition and, by the end, our students received a standing ovation!”

The Brother Rice Honors Academy accepts no more than 30 students in grades 6 to 8 inclusive.  The school offers a high school preparatory experience where individually designed programs offer a mix of formal classes; small and large group presentations; research work in the library and media center; and a daily period reserved for reading.  For more information, visit www.acnd.net.

Br. Rice Honors Academy students place 2nd at the First Annual Heritage History Bee. The middle school students competed at the high school level and against public and private schools in Miami-Dade. Back Row (from l to r) - Emily Windsor, Ivanee Cruz, Aaron Martin, Dawaun Davis, Christian Masseus, Lorie Tranchant, Trevor Landry; Middle Row - Moises Iriarte; Front Row (from l to r): Dimitri Grant , Maximilian Gazeroglu, Kevin Valladares.

Photo: Optimum Exposure Photo/Video

Congresswoman Wilson and Senator Nelson to Host Panel Discussion on Progress in Haiti on Friday, January 13 in Miami

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) announced today that she and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) will be hosting a panel discussion on the progress in Haiti in the two years following the earthquake that devastated the island nation on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm at the Miami Edison Middle School.

Joining them will be U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Ken Merten, U.S. State Department Haiti Special Coordinator Tom Adams, and USAID’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Ambassador Liliana Ayalde.

In addition to these distinguished speakers, the event will include Pastor Eddy Gervais of the Faith Community Center, the Miami Edison Senior High School Band, participants in Congresswoman Wilson’s “5000 Role Models of Excellence” project, singers Farah Juste (Haitian national anthem) and Rochelle Lightfoot (U.S. national anthem), and a photo and story exhibit titled “Ayiti Leve Kanpe” (“Haiti Will Rise”).


What:              Panel Discussion on Progress in Haiti

Date:               Friday, January 13, 2012

Time:               4:00 pm

Location:         Miami Edison Middle School Auditorium

                     6101 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL  33127-1211



MDC Joins the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the City of Miami to Host a Policy Discussion on Haiti’s New Administration and Book Launch Sept. 12

Miami, FL  Miami Dade College (MDC) has partnered with the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, and the City of Miami to present “What’s Next for Haiti?”, a discussion about the country’s new administration and policies, along with the launch of the book Fixing Haiti: Minustah and Beyond, at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. Jorge Heine, co-editor of the book, a former ambassador of Chile to India and distinguished chair with the Center for International Governance and Innovation, will be present to provide his insight.

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Two Fundraising Performances Planned to Keep Ayikodans Lifting the Spirit of Haitians through Dance ­


MIAMI, FL  – Now celebrating its Fifth Anniversary Season, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County has convened a wide range of community leaders in support of Ayikodans, one of Haiti’s most prominent artistic exports. Ayikodans will burst onto the South Florida dance scene with two fundraising performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, 2011. The company will exhilarate audiences with a provocative and riveting program, and will give the community a taste of what is to come next spring, when it debuts its Adrienne Arsht Center-commissioned performance.