by Pierre and Terry Leroy
n Francks younger years, he was an Army officer under Haitian President Paul Magloire. He was part of a non-traditional group of soldiers who held unusually distinctive artistic and humanitarian values. He was particularly noted for his equestrian ability. It looked like Franck was destined to live in his beloved homeland and be a force for change. But the cruel path of much of Haitis history and the ascension of Francois Duvalier into power sent Frank into exile in the United States where he has remained. But from individual tragedy can come greatness, a way to share a voice and be heard inside and outside of Haiti.
Francks prolific writings began with his doctoral thesis on the theme of revolt in Jean-Paul Sartres works. Franck was a true pioneer initiating the opening of the Black Studies department at City College in New York City. It continues with his many essays and literary critiques on Haitis political and social movements. He is the avant-garde for democratic change and social revolution.
From the beginning of the Haitian Peoples Support Project through today, we have been inspired. His encouragement has helped keep us going through our low points.
Franck you and your brother Paul have been a driving force in guiding a whole generation of Haitian revolutionaries to never compromise principle for political or personal gain. Your productivity, commitment, and honesty spring eternal.
With deep admiration,