His Excellency Ambassador Paul G. Altidor accompanied President Michel Martelly and First Lady Sophia Martelly at the 2013 NAACP Convention in Orlando, Florida. Haiti’s First Couple was one of a selected number of special guests invited to attend this year’s 104th Convention.
President Martelly addressed delegates at the Opening Mass Meeting on Sunday, July 14, 2013. He spoke about Haiti’s connection to the U.S.; Haiti and NAACP’s shared history; and a progress report of the first two years of his presidency. In addition, President Martelly met with the Diaspora in Orlando; members of Congress, NAACP Board & Special Contributors; Haitian American Elected Officials, and Orlando Business Leaders.
Also, First Lady Sophia Martelly gave remarks at the Healthcare Luncheon on Monday, July 15, 2013. She discussed challenges related to health and steps of improvement for Haiti’s current health system.
President Martelly is the first Haitian president to address the delegates at a National NAACP Convention.