Earthquake in Haiti - Bayyinah Bello Interview
An excerpt from an interview with Bayyinah Bello - Port au Prince, Haiti Interviewed by Nana Kimati Dinizulu in Port au Prince, Haiti February 2, 2010
This eleven part series shows excerpts from an interview of the Re-known Dessalines scholar, Bayyinah Bello. Besides being a mother, leader, elder and a deep thinker, Bayyinah Bello heads up a very powerful grassroots organization, Fondasyon Felisite di Fondate Ayite a Bon Fet Papa Dessalines. She is also the director of the cabinet for the Minister of Culture and Communication; Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue, who we also stayed with during part of our stay in Haiti. Bayyinah Bello was our host during our entire stay in Haiti during this time period. Even though she had sustained injures during the earthquake, she was at the helm of some of the relief efforts in Haiti and had polarized under her leadership scores of other culturalist, intellectuals and an overwhelming number of students and grassroots people. This gave members of our team the feeling that we were in a maroon encampment. Not once did we see her eat food or drink water without making sure those around her had been served first. She was almost always in constant state of prayer and communication with her ancestors and the forces of nature. Bayyinah Bello is a student of world history and a professor at the University in Haiti, a prominent lecturer at many of the key centers of African thought particularly in New York City, New Jersey and elsewhere. She has studied throughout Africa, the Caribbean, America and parts of Europe. In many of our private discussions she mentioned the late Dr. John Henry(sic) Clarke, who was one of the worlds most prominent teachers and thinkers on world history.