Jean Claude Icart
Montréal, le 19 juin 1990
TO NELSON MANDELA
From the bottom of my heart
and on behalf of the Haitian community living in Montreal,
I thank you
For he youth of our community
faced with unemployment and racism which often results in delincuency,
For the exploited masses of my home country
Haiti, the world’s first black republic,
I thank you.
Thank you for being who you are and what you are
for all that you are doing
for all that you represent.
Today is a very great day
For you have given us this extraordinary opportunity
to see you and to hear you,
to tell you aloud and face to face
that your struggle is our struggle
and that we will strive never to disappoint you.
We know that beyond mountains,
there are yet more mountains.
But nothing nor anyone will succeed in stopping
this long march towards freedom, equality, respect for the human person
and acceptance of diversity.
Nothing nor anyone will impede this great enterprise
which is nothing less than the humanization of humanity.
No compromise is possible
when human dignity is at stake.
for we really need you
and truly love you.
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