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"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
1803-1882, Poet and Essayist


IN MEMORIAM

SERGE BEAULIEU

March 11, 1938 December 12, 2004

 

 Acknowledged as having one of the most brilliant minds of his generation, Serge Beaulieu dedicated his life to making both his homeland of Haiti and the world at large a better place.

 

May his legacy remain and be carried on…

 

We miss you, Bouboule.  We celebrate the day of your birth and mourn your passing.

 

  Serge Beaulieu
     "Bouboule"
 
    Le Leader Inconteste
     de la
        Majorite Nationale

       
March 11, 1938 - December 12, 2004
 
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Serge Beaulieu passed away on December 12, 2004 after 2-1/2 year valiant fight against lung cancer.  For much of that time his quality of life was high, he continued his daily activities, and he asked that no one be told he was sick.  Realizing that it had become a losing battle, during the last two months he told people he was dying but continued to enjoy his life to the very end.
 

A TIME TO HONOR AND REMEMBER A GREAT  HUMAN SPIRIT

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Presente par M. Serge Beaulieu
President (PAN)
Parti Authentique National

Approuve par Acclamation, Assemblee Generale, Congres de Vertaillis
12 Octobre 1990

MANIFESTE DE VERTAILLIS

  1. Nous, leaders politiques, Representants, Partisans, Amis, sommes reunis ce jour 12 Octobre 1990 a Vertaillis en vue de faire Notre auto-critique, fixer les responsables politiques sur notre societe Durant ces 30 dernieres annees.
  1. Avons ete a l’ecoute des revendications populaires après les evenements du 7 fevrier 86 et nous avons entendu les doleances d’autres couches de notre societe.
  1. Avons compris que les buts vises Durant ces 30 dernieres annees n’ont pas ete atteints a cause d’une certaine Pratique politique erigeant la corruption en systeme tout en excusant de leur responsabilite ceux qui avaient la charge de diriger les affaires de l’etat.
  1. En consequence, nous denoncons ces pratiques politiques consistant a favoriser “l’individu denomme partisan” au detriement des priorites de la grande masse.
  1. Denoncons ces pratiques consistant a l’elimination systematique des elements de valeur de notre societe, les obligeant a fuir le territoire National sous pretexte que toutes defferences d’opinions representent une trahison a la cause que nous avions imposer comme la seule valable.
  1. Comprenons que ces pratiques politiques sont d’origine tribales, mais nous les avons pousser “inextremis”dans le but de propulser une cause qui n’etait pas toujours bien definie.  Nous denoncons du meme coup, la lachete de ceux qui avaient les moyens d’y remedier.
  1. Denoncons aussi notre irresponsabilite a l’egard de ceux qui voulaient operer un changement dans l’ordre des choses.
  1. Reconnaissons que la cause principale de cette mauvaise gerance decoule de notre immaturite politique et du fait que cette classe politique a ete trop longtemps deprive de sa participation a la gestion de la chose publique.  Qu’en y accedant nous avons commis les memes erreurs que nos predecesseurs.
  1. Condamnons cette politique ancestrale consistant a diriger l’haitien en clans hostiles dans le but de diviser la nation avec elle meme.
  1. Constatons l’echec de l’ideologie propulsee Durant ces 30 dernieres annees a cause d’une mauvaise lecture de la situation haitienne par les responsables politiques sans exception.
  1.  Saluons avec joie, la mise en branle d’un nouveau depart avec une nouvelle equipe renoncant aux anciennes pratiques qui n’ont fait honneur ni a notre histoire ni a notre culture.
  1. Recommandons que ces 12 points soient connus comme le manifeste d’une classe politique acceptant ses responsabilites, decide a travailler dans le cadre du processus democratique en vue d’arriver a “l’Unite de la Famille Haitienne.”

Approuve par Acclamation, Assemblee Generale, Congres de Vertaillis.

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Monday, December 12, 2005 is the first anniversary of the death of our beloved Serge Beaulieu, leader of Haiti's Majorite National, broadcaster extraordinaire on Radio Liberte.  It is a time to honor and remember him. 

At a memorial service for Serge in New York, the priest said that when we find someone to love, it is God who knit the bonds that joined us.  We thank God for having given life to Serge Beaulieu, a man who dedicated his life to make things better in his homeland of Haiti, who stood for what is right and just in the world, who helped everyone he could from all walks of life and who was the voice for those who needed a spokesperson to protect and stand up for them.

To all of our Haitian friends and colleagues who have helped us during the past year to preserve what Serge built, we thank you.  You are true patriots to your country and your people.

Today we received a beautiful letter from Sean Baker, a young American man who knew Serge for many years.  We know that these words from the heart convey what many would like to say, and we want to share the thoughts with you in celebration of the life and good works of Serge Beaulieu.

12.10.05

Sondra,

I don't even know where to begin.  It's hard for me to imagine what this past year must have been like for you.  Serge is gone.  I still don't completely accept it.  As I write the words they don't seem real.  It's been one year, and I still haven't mourned him. 

I'm not sure what I want to say in this letter.  I just want you to know that I feel your pain.  I feel your loss.  Serge meant so much to me.  His existence was so alive and so original.  It may sound crazy, but I remember every conversation we had.  I can still hear his words, even from when I was a kid.  The seeds he planted in my mind and heart continue to grow as I realize more and more the importance of the messages he conveyed.  He was the most human person I ever met.  The more I think about him the more I miss him, the more his being gone becomes real.  He was so great.  He was the kind of person that affected just about everyone he came in contact with for the better.  How may people in history have been like that?  He was such an asset, such a resource, such a guide and inspiration to so many people.  He was an example of how to be a kinder, funnier, more compassionate person.  I love him so much, and I feel like I let him down.  I was never there to say goodbye.  Never there to hold his hand or read to him at the end.  I know he didn't feel that way, it's just something I need to get out.

He meant so much to me, and I just wanted you to know that you are not alone in your grief.

Love,
Sean



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Serge had so much to offer to so many, and I know his hope was that the Haitian people would realize the love that he had in his heart for them and his sincere desire for peace and unity for his homeland. Every hour of every day he would do, think, and talk about what to do and how to make the lives of everyone—Haitians, family, and friends—better and more productive. 

 

A man like Serge comes along once in a lifetime, and we were all privileged to know him.  Serge made such an impact on so many lives and I know will continue to do so for generations to come—his words and spirit will live on.  

Linda Baker

General Manager, Radio Liberté 

"IF" 
By Rudyard Kipling
  

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

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"Kindness in words creates confidence. 
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. 
Kindness in giving creates love." - Tao Te Ching
Artist: Unknown

 

 



 

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