November 13 & 14, 2015
United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto
Come and hear acclaimed AfroCuban scholar Nicolás Hernández Guillén discuss Cuba-Africa connections. As we journey through the United Nation International Decade for People of African Descent, the subject of the Africa’s Children Return! Cuba and African Liberation assumes great poignancy and relevance.
7pm, Friday, November 13
Commemoration of Cuba’s role in African liberation struggles, with a tribute to the late Jorge Risquet, an historic member of Cuba’s revolutionary leadership and participant in the African anti-colonial/national liberation struggles.
Nicolás Hernández Guillén will discuss the history of African-Cuban relationship, the impact of Africa on Cuba and why hundreds of thousands of Cubans were willing to demonstrate such profound solidarity with Africa, especially Angola. He is the president of the Nicolas Guillen Foundation, dedicated to preserving and promoting the work of the National Poet of Cuba, Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista. As an Afro-Cuban Guillen provided very important analysis and commentary on Cuba relations with Africa. Nicolas Hernandez (the grandson of Nicolas Guiilen) is an internationally respected and acclaimed scholar.
9:30am- 4:30pm, Saturday, November 14
Cuba’s role in African liberation, its solidarity with Africa & current African liberation struggles
Film: Cuba and African National Liberation Struggles
Guilty of Defending Africa! Soweto to Cuito Cuanavale: Cuba and the War to Liberate Southern Africa
Cuba and Ebola: (Yet) Another Example of Cuban Medical Internationalism
Film: Barefoot: The Burkina Fasso October Revolution
*John Kirk, leading specialist on Cuba and author the acclaimed book, Healthcare Without Borders: Understanding Cuban Medical Internationalism. “Kirk’s invaluable study reveals to us, for the first time, the range and character of Cuba’s remarkable achievements, which should be an inspiration and a model for those with far greater advantages.” Noam Chomsky;
* Isaac Saney, a Cuba specialist who teaches at Dalhousie University (Canada). Author of the acclaimed, Cuba: A Revolution In Motion, he is currently finishing the book Africa’s Children Return! Cuba, The War in Angola and the End of Apartheid.
*Amet Lo, Justice Committee for Thomas Sankara and Group for Research and Initiative For The Liberation of Africa.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Isaac Saney: 902-494-8810 or email@example.com or call Miguel San Vincente: 416-538-0889
Canadian Network On Cuba; A Different Booklist; Dalhousie JRJ Chair of Black; Asociación de Cubanos Residentes en Toronto “Juan Gualberto Gómez”; CCFA-Toronto.