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Mother Tongues United, Exploring the Intersections of Three Language Communities in New York City

  • Commons Brooklyn 388 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11217 United States (map)

The Haitian Creole Language Institute of New York (HCLI)

Port Academie


A historically undervalued language is a language that suffers from systemic, social, and cultural degradation, exists in the shadow of a more dominant and socially “acceptable” language, and is spoken by historically disadvantaged and marginalized peoples. Speakers within these historically undervalued linguistic communities are often shamed for speaking their Mother Tongue, while being portrayed as “uneducated”, “unintelligent”, and “unworthy” of participating in mainstream societies.

Despite their varying histories, Garífuna, Haitian Creole, and Quechua all share the same struggle: how to overcome the negative stereotype of being the speaker of a historically undervalued language and find a sustainable way to positively promote and preserve the language? Mother Tongues United will bring together educators and activists from each language community to discuss the experience of being a speaker of a historically undervalued language, what is currently being done to positively promote and preserve the language, and how their respective Diaspora communities contribute to a shift in the perception of the language.

Panelists include, among others:

  • Elva Ambía Rebatta, a Quechua educator from Perú 
  • Milton Guity, a Garífuna educator & activist from Honduras

The Panel of Discussion will be followed by Language Immersion activities along with light refreshments to be provided by Table 7 Catering.


The Haitian Creole Language Institute of New York (HCLI) is an educational center providing a dedicated space for the study of the Haitian Creole Language.

Port Academie is an online research and reference platform for Haitian studies through an open-access digital library.

The Commons Brooklyn is an open and collaborative movement building space that provides resources to the progressive community.

Table 7 Catering strives to provide an “International Comfort food” experience with excellent service, love, and laughter.

Download Press Release HERE

For More Information:

Wynnie Lamour, Managing Director, Haitian Creole Language Institute of New York

+1 347 815 3404,