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ALONG THE COLOR LINE: Race And Revolution In Cuba; An Inside Report; Part Two of a Two-Part Series

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Marable,Manning (Author)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
San Francisco, CA
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Blacks, African Americans, Racism, Cuba, Culture, Discrimination, Personal relationships, Prejudice, Castro, Fidel, 1926-, Shakur, Assata, 1947-
[Assata Shakur]'s comments highlight the long and continuing relationship between African Americans and Cuba. Black abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and Henry Highland Garnet had actively supported Cuba's struggle for independence from Spain over a century ago. After the revolutionaries seized power in 1959, [Fidel Castro] made a powerful impression among African Americans by staying in Harlem during his first visit to the United Nations. Castro's famous September, 1960 meeting with Malcolm X, to the great consternation of the U.S. government, reinforced the solidarity felt by progressive black Americans toward the revolutionary government.