Updated: Oct 30
Her Lineage of Legacy!
Written by: Nerlande "Prettie" Augustin
Interviewed by: Kathia JB Pierre
Photographed by: WainwrightPhotography
Kathleen Jeanette (Kat) Guillaume-Delemar is a true definition of our ancestors' wildest dreams and a Fanm Potomitan. Ms. Guillaume-Delemar is a community development social activist, a philanthropic fund development leader, a board member to many impactful organizations, and the first and only Haitian-American, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Latina City Council member in the City of Glenarden, Maryland’s history.
A self-proclaimed “compassionate revolutionary, disruptor, servant leader, and thorn to society’s side as it pertains to their false narratives of immigrants, women, the poor, and Black people,” she is a daughter, a wife, a mother, a granddaughter, a sister, and so much more. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Guillaume-Delemar spent some time in Montreal, Canada, and Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, in her younger years, and her love and passion for her community and people are truly inspiring.
Ms. Guillaume-Delemar is a proud graduate of Howard University and prides herself in making sure that she lives and embodies their values: “to lead and embody excellence in truth and service.” However, she also credits the person she is today to her village of women, the people who poured into her and instilled the core values that she holds dearly. She was raised in a single-parent household but was backed by a village full of strong Fanm Potomitan who exuded the true definition of a “Potomitan, Starting with her mother Ketly Guillaume, grandmother Ghislaine Ducoste, and great-grandmother Marie-Noelle (Jeanette) Barosy, whom she was named after. Ms. Barosy was a social justice activist herself and a key contributor to Haiti's Mouvement Ouvrier Paysan ("Peasant Worker Movement" or MOP), the first of its kind.
Ms. Guillame-Delemar's journey as a public servant started at a young age tracing back to her family's history and witnessing her mother protesting. Seeing the value in protesting, she knew the path she wanted to take but did not become intentional about her future as a public servant until about 28 years ago.
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