Maurice Sixto

  • Birth: May 23, 1919
  • Birthplace: Gonaives, Haiti
  • Genre: Entertainers
  • Year Active: 1975-1984

Biography

 Maurice Sixto affectionately called Moy, was born in Gonaives, Haiti on May 23, 1919 and is one of the biggest names in Haitian literature. He is interchangeably called a raconteur, humorist, story teller, sociologist, revolutionary, and moralist. He is often compared to many other world class literary icons of different genres such as Bill Cosby, Moliere, Cervantes, and Shakespeare, Achebe, Victor Hugo or Dostoevsky. But Maurice Sixto is simply Maurice Sixto in Sixtoean terms.

He traded his athletic potential for literary pursuits. He went to primary school in a Catholic institution in his native city and after graduating in Saint-Louis Conzague High School of Port-au-Prince, he went to the Military Academy.

According to Frank Jean-Francois "After wrongly "present arm" , one of his instructors has derogatorily mentioned something about his mother. Instantly, Maurice Sixto has pulled his weapon on the instructor as he was asking him to repeat himself. Fearing for his life, this instructor did not say a word. After this incident, the recruit was kicked out of the Academy". He then embarked on a career in journalism. He worked for the "Matin" newspaper and the MBC, formerly known as HHBM. As a law school student, he worked in the tourism bureau to make ends meet.

At 42, like many other members of the Haitian intelligentsia, he migrated to the newly independent country of Congo, the former Zaire, as a teacher. After teaching English for 8 years in the new republic, he moved to Paris. Later on, he resided in Philadelphia, USA. From 1975, he has stormed our comfort zone with revolutionary pieces as "Lea Kokoye" (1975), "Ti Sainte Anize" (1978), "Maitre Zabelboc Berre-?-chatte"(1979), "Gwo Mosso" (1984), "Madan Saint Viluce" and "J'ai venge ma race".

He painted with great clarity many of our vices and uncovered some of our colonial prejudices. He had the wit to ridicule a vice or a type of excess by describing a person who is its incarnation. Sixto stories simply exposed the basic elements of what it means to be a good human being in the original Christian sense and a good citizen. Our sociologist simply demonstrated the frailty aspect of our existence and his work touched upon most of the social issues of his time. Without dogmas, he left a body of work teaching us how to treat our fellow man and especially those less fortunate.

Maurice Sixto died in 1984, but his lessons will transcend time.