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Haitian-American Motivational Author Cindy Similien-Johnson was selected to participate as the 2016 Delegate to represent Haiti at Brooklyn’s 3rd Annual International Day of Friendship Parade.

On Sunday, August 7, 2016, she will join Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, delegates from more than 195 nations, dignitaries from around the globe, public officials, community organizations, residents, and international visitors. The celebration will feature a colorful parade of flags, a showcase of traditional attire, cultural performances, and ethnic cuisine.

Ms. Similien-Johnson, a native of Brooklyn with Haitian heritage, said, “I am proud and honored to represent Haiti at this wonderful event that celebrates diversity and the beauty of true friendship. This event inspires us to love, respect, and honor others no matter where they are from.”

She continued, “The Haitian flag has a motto that says, ‘L’Union Fait La Force.’ In English, it means ‘Unity Makes Strength.’ It is true now more than ever. When we put aside our differences and come together, we become strong and can do great things in our community.”

Ms. Similien-Johnson is the President & CEO of CSJ Media Publishing; and, the author of several motivational books, including “Living Expectantly” and “How to Stay Motivated: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Living.” Recognized as a changemaker at the White House Summit on the United State of Women, Cindy is also the founder of Goal Chic, a women’s empowerment initiative.

The International Day of Friendship, which was celebrated around the world on July 30th, was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. With nearly one million foreign-born residents living in Brooklyn, Borough President Eric L. Adams recognizes that Brooklyn is a diverse melting pot, which makes it the perfect place to host an International Day of Friendship Celebration.

He said, “The mission of International Day of Friendship is to bridge gaps between cultures and forge bonds of friendship that connect people in every community throughout the world, while promoting worldwide peace and unity in Brooklyn and beyond.”

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