Today's #blackhistorymonth highlight is Dutty Boukman.
#DuttyBoukman is said to be from West Africa today's Senegal and Gambia. It is not sure if he was born in Jamaica or in Africa. He was nicknamed Boukman because he taught himself to read. According to the story, he either escaped from Jamaica to Haiti or was sold to the French Colonizers because he tried to teach other slaves to read.
His rebellious tendency continues when he begin to encourage the Haitin slaves to rise up Due to this fact, he was known as the catalyst for the Haitian Revolution and was said to be killed by the French in the early days of the Revolution.
The Haitian Revolution, which began in 1791 eventually led to Independence and Emancipation for the country of Haiti. Dutty Boukman is credited for helping Haiti to be the world's first black-led republic and the first independent Caribbean state.