Meet the author:
Frantz Derenoncourt, Jr. is a first generation Haitian-American born and raised in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY. After very humble beginnings he attended Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA where he majored in Business Management and soon after moved to the nations capitol, Washington, DC. After working a few 9 to 5 jobs around town, Frantz fell in love with the real estate industry and found success as a real estate sales associate and real estate investor.
As a child growing up in Brooklyn in the early 80s, Frantz was often picked on for being Haitian. Teachers could never pronounce his name correctly and the students would always have a cruel Haitian joke on hand. At times, he felt ashamed to be Haitian until he started reading about Haitian history. The fact that his little country accomplished something that no other nation had accomplished at that time gave him a tremendous sense of pride. He started reading everything he could get his hands on in regards to the Haitian Revolution and relaying the stories to his son, Chase. When he saw that his son was just as excited as he was, Frantz then realized that this fascinating story needs to be told in a way that even a 2nd grade reader can appreciate the accomplishment of his ancestors. Thus , Haiti: The First Black Republic was born.
In his own words:
My mission is to establish a sense of pride in the black youth all over the world. I also aim to tell the stories of success and victory when we come together as a people against impossible odds. I also write to let the world know that if you’re a person of color from Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, the United States or any other nation, all of our ancestors came from the same place. A win for one of us, is a win for all of us.