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Release Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 2:49 PM
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President of Haiti to Speak at Howard University
Michel Joseph Martelly

WASHINGTON (January 31, 2014) – The President of the Republic of Haiti, Michel Joseph Martelly, will speak on the importance of education on Wednesday, February 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the School of Business Auditorium.
He has served as the President since May 2011. President Martelly has proposed a revolutionary program aimed at providing free and mandatory schooling for all Haitian children. The event is open to the public and seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Martelly was born in Port‐au‐Prince on Feb. 12, 1961. In 1984, he left Haiti for the United States where he studied. In 1988, Martelly returned to Haiti, with an organ and a microphone and started to play in public. This was the beginning of Sweet Micky – Martelly as musician and nationally acclaimed entertainer. From this professional experience, he acquired a deep knowledge of the entire Haitian population.

In the aftermath of the January 12, 2010 catastrophic earthquake, Martelly realized that the moment was critical and decided to present as a candidate in the presidential election. He won, defeating 19 competitors.

Howard University has an enduring relationship with Haiti including students, faculty and alumni. Howard was one the first universities to respond following the 2010 earthquake. Howard also has an annual Alternative Spring Break Program and an International Medical Rotation in Croix-des-Bouquets and Fort-Liberté, Haiti.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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