January 15, 2017
December 23, 2016
Written by: Willie David
MIAMI, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Retired Air Force Colonel Rudy Moise (moy-EEZE) is a Haitian-American with an amazing success story that makes him a viable pick as U.S. Ambassador to Haiti for President-elect Donald J. Trump, the nation and Florida.
He has more than thirty years combined experience as an ambassador, physician, attorney, U.S. Air Force Reserve Colonel (Ret.) and entrepreneur that would inspire any American to be great.
After retiring from the U.S. Air Force Reserve, His Excellency Michel Martelly, President of the Republic of Haiti, appointed Moise to Ambassador at Large for Investment. Moise was responsible for working with the President, Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Ambassadors and Consul Generals on investment and trade opportunities for Haiti.
Moise understands how to foster and strengthen democracy, help alleviate poverty, facilitate bilateral trade and investment, and promote respect for human rights, which are just a few U.S. policy issues Trump’s top diplomat will address.
U.S. Senate on Foreign Relations Committee Testimony
In 2003, Moise testified before the United State Senate on Foreign Relations Committee about the roots of Haiti’s crisis: security, rule of law and human rights; social conditions and humanitarian concerns; and immigration. He submitted recommendations to include meaningful engagement with the US, OAS, European Union, and CARICOM; strengthening civil institutions; immigration policy; and the HERO Act.
In 2004, Moise was appointed to serve on the Commission on Haiti by Florida governor Jeb Bush.
Taking Action After the Earthquake
Dr. Moise traveled to Haiti with a Disaster Rescue Team and helped pull people from the rubble and administer medical care, saving eleven lives. When Dr. Moise returned home, he continued his work and has collected and shipped more than 300,000 donated items to Haiti.
Dr. Rudolph Moise is the President and Medical Director of Comprehensive Health Center in Miami and Orlando, treating more than 25,000 people in the local community.
About Dr. Moise
Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Moise was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and moved to the United States at age 17. Dr. Moise earned his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He later earned a Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of Miami.
Since 1984, Dr. Moise has been the President and Medical Director of Comprehensive Health Center, treating more than 25,000 people in the local community. He is also a successful businessman and was awarded the Black Business of the Year Award by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Community Leadership Award in 2004. In 2005, The Business Journal named Dr. Moise one of five finalists for the Best Physician of the Year Award in South Florida.
Dr. Rudy Moise’s myriad accomplishments, dedication to serving people; including his work as a physician, attorney, military man, businessman makes him living proof that Haitian immigrants can achieve the American Dream through hard work, dedication and playing by the rules.
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Familiar faces spur Haitian furor over Savannah monument
Daniel Fils-Aime and Rudolph Moise played no part in a historic Savannah battle to preserve freedom and democracy.
But their faces unmistakably have been immortalized on the Haitian monument in Franklin Square, and it’s a decision that has sparked a heated squabble over historical accuracy, artistic freedom and patronage – with some South Florida politics thrown in for good measure.
One critic says opposition to the monument will not stop until the faces are replaced with more accurate depictions of unknown 20-somethings, rather than middle-aged Miami community leaders.
“We think they are corrupting history,” said Phillip Brutus. “Everything in Haiti has been destroyed. The one thing Haitians can cling to and take pride in is that they are the first black republic of the world and that Haitian soldiers were instrumental in fighting for American independence.
“Haitians hold this very dear to their hearts. They take it very seriously, and when someone tampers with this, it unleashes all sorts of anger and anguish.”
What has fueled an Internet and talk-radio hubbub is sculptor James Mastin’s admission he used Fils-Aime and Moise as models for the last two statues on the monument, which were unveiled in Savannah two weeks ago. Fils-Aime is chairman of the Haitian-American Historical Society and worked for more than nine years to raise money for the monument. Moise is a Miami doctor and actor who donated $120,000 toward its completion.
Savannah City Councilman Clifton Jones, who for years helped shepherd the effort to get the monument built, sees the resemblance to Fils-Aime.
“When they pulled the statue out of the truck, I could immediately tell it was Daniel,” Jones said.
He, like others, believes Miami politics is really at the heart of the dispute.
Moise and Brutus are competing Democrats in a Florida congressional race to replace Kendrick Meek in the U.S. House in 2010.
Mastin, in an interview with The Miami Herald, said he picked Moise and Fils-Aime for their distinctive facial features, but was under no obligation to do so.
But Brutus, in e-mails and Web postings, contends Moise contributed the $120,000 on the condition his likeness be included. He also publicly questions whether Moise has a contract entitling him to market replicas and receive royalties from the sales. Brutus wants the sculptor to repay his commission to finance the changes to the statue.
Moise could not be reached for comment Wednesday, but Fils-Aime calls Brutus’ claims pure hogwash stirred up in a desperate bid to damage Moise’s reputation as congressional fundraising begins. There was no influence, he said.
“Not at all. If there was influence, I could have done that from the beginning,” he said. “I would have been one of the first four (statues).”
Given that the Siege of Savannah occurred in 1779, Fils-Aime also points out it would be hard for Mastin to work from a picture of the real soldiers.
Modern faces in history
No one should be surprised an artist would look to living faces for his work, said Geoffrey Taylor, chairman of the department of art history at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Artists “from the year zero to the present day” also have had to re-create and sometimes enhance details when depicting historic events.
As for the question of patronage – that, too, would not be unusual, Taylor said.
Works from the Italian Renaissance are replete with examples, especially those commissioned by the Vatican, Taylor said. Raphael often used Pope Leo X, his benefactor, to portray Pope Leo III and IV in paintings, Taylor said.
“Artists have been doing that for at least 1,000 years,” he said. “It’s a way of recognizing the beneficence of a patron in the guise of someone who you have no idea what they looked like.”
Savannah historian Jamal Toure doesn’t see a problem, either. Toure, owner of Day Clean Journeys tour company and curator of the Geechee Kunda Museum in Riceboro, often has portrayed one of the Haitian soldiers.
When the first four statues were unveiled in 2007, he immediately picked himself out as the fourth figure from the left. Mastin, he said, had photographed him in costume during a visit a year or two earlier from the Haitian prime minister. Until he saw the statue, Toure said, he was unaware his likeness would be used. He believes the same is true of Fils-Aime and Moise.
Toure is upset modern politics, even temporarily, is upstaging an important moment in history.
“The noble effort of the Haitians, that’s the story that needs to get out,” he said. “The U.S. would not be free today without Haitian participation.”
Jones, too, thinks the real focus should be on the Haitians’ participation here. As a veteran local politician, he got a chuckle about calls to replace the statue’s faces.
Any group wanting to do so would need to come up with the money and, ultimately, approval from the city of Savannah – and that means a vote by him and the rest of the City Council.
The Siege of Savannah
On Oct. 9, 1779, a Haitian regiment known as the Chasseurs Volontaires de Saint-Domingue served as a reserve unit to American and French forces fighting a British contingent. The unit was comprised of more than 500 free men of color from Haiti.
As battered American and French soldiers fell back, the Haitian troops moved in to provide a retreat. The battle resulted in the largest number of casualties the allies suffered in a single engagement.
Many of the Haitian soldiers later fought to win their country’s own war of independence, crediting their military experience in Savannah.
Source: Haitian American Historical Society