Jean Jacques Dessalines, hero of the Haitian Revolution. The recent presentation from Black History Studies entitled "Slavery Is Not Our History" detailed many of the ways in which enslaved African people liberated themselves and fought against kidnapping, genocide and mass enslavement in Africa, on board the slave ships, on many Caribbean islands, and in South America and the United States.
Concise History of the Haitian Revolution (CD-Audio)
Concise History of the Haitian Revolution
Egalite for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution [DVD] [English] 
Haiti, known as the "jewel of the islands", was the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean, the first black-led republic in the world, and the second republic in the Americas when it gained independence in 1804 as part of a successful slave revolution lasting nearly a decade. Our Heroes Toussaint Louverture and Jean Jacques Dessaline.
Wood engraving of Haitian military commander General Toussaint Louverture (Francois-Dominique Toussaint Louverture, 1743 - 1803), late 18th or early 19th century. He was the leader of the successful Haitian Revolution, a slave revolt that eventually resulted in the creation of the Republic of Haiti.