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When Mapou settled in New York City, he started a new chapter of Sosyete Koukouy, working to educate the city's Haitian population about its culture and heritage. He did the same thing after he moved to Miami in the early Eighties, and has since founded chapters in Connecticut and Canada. Throughout, he has been a crusader for Haitian culture.
"Jan Mapou is the only one in the Haitian community who's doing what he's doing," says Dr. Jean-Robert Cadely, a professor of French linguistics and Kreyol at Florida International University. "His cultural center is not only for the Haitians in Miami, but it is well-known in all the communities of the Haitian diaspora."
Cadely believes Mapou's play could act as a unifying element in a notoriously divided Haitian community. "The community as a whole will go see the play, intellectuals as well as illiterates, because Haitian history in general touches every Haitian," says the academic. "You don't have to be educated to see Libète ou Lanm."