Our logo is comprised of elements of two Haitian icons- Toussaint L'ouverture and the Neg Mawon statue. In the original Neg Mawon statue in Port-au-Prince, Ayiti, the man is modeled blowing into a conch shell. The seashell is what Neg Mawon normally used to gather all the free men and women in the mountains of Haiti. The community would gather when they heard the sound, as it was often used as a warning signal to prepare for battle. For our logo, we replaced the shell with a tree, to symbolize the future of Haitian youth.
But, why a tree?
Trees have special significance in the history of Haiti; we even have one on our flag! More importantly, the last words of Toussaint L'ouverture before he surrendered to France for the sake of peace, were,
"In overthrowing me, you have done no more than cut down the trunk of the tree of the black liberty in St-Domingue - it will spring back from the roots, for they are numerous and deep.”
The tree represented the future that Toussaint L'ouverture saw; the leaves are still blossoming as they represent the children of Haiti. The Haitian Diaspora is the new Neg Mawon because we are living outside of the country. We are looking for new life for our country. The investment in the diaspora will continue to bring life to our youth.
We replaced the machete with a diploma. The machete that was used to cut sugar cane was the same machete that was used in the world's only successful slave revolt. If you take a look at Neg Mawon's feet, the roots are deep, in reference to Toussaint L'ouverture's last words.