[act-ma] SAT Feb 2 MIT 3-5 PM - Talk - About the Black in Cuba - Tomas Robaina

Umang Kumar umkumar at gmail.com
Fri Feb 1 05:42:10 PST 2013

South Asians for Global Justice, The Western Hemisphere Project at MIT and
the July 26th Coalition present

a talk titled -

About the Black in Cuba: Illusions and ‘pipe dreams’

by Tomas Fernandez Robaina
Senior Researcher at the National Cuban Library and
professor in the Art, Communication and Social Sciences Dept. at the
University of Havana, Cuba

Introduced by Anthony Van Der Meer
Senior Lecturer of Africana Studies, U Mass Boston

When: Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
Time: 3-5 PM.
Where: MIT Room 4-237

"Skin color discrimination and racial prejudices are essential components
throughout the social history, political and economic, of Cuban society
until the triumph of the revolution. If, until the XIX century, Black
Africans constituted the main work force that would enrich the colony, both
materially and spiritually, this system was articulated to reactionary
theories and doctrines, justifying the utilization of slave work, in the
Republican period the black was double exploited in her or his condition as
a worker and for having dark-skin."
Tomas Fernández Robaina, Black in Cuba 1902-1958

Tomas Robaina is the author of Black in Cuba, 1902-1958 (1994), Speak out
Santeros (Santerians) and Paleros (Priests) (1997), and Afro-Cuban
Identity: Culture and Nationality (2009). Amongst many published papers on
the subject of Afro-Cubans are: For a more Participatory Debate on the
Cuban Independent Color Party (2012); The Battle against Racism in Cuba
(2012); Cuban Independent Color Party, were they Racists or Annexionists?
(2012); Racism in the Cuban Cartoon (2011); Why is it Necessary that All
Afro-Descendants from Latin America, The Caribbean, and North America Know
more about each other? (2011); Toward the Centennial
of the Founding of the Cuban Independent Color Party: Three New
Contributions to Critical Approach (2008); The Black Topic and its
treatment in RAP Music (2002).

Professor Van Der Meer is the former Chairman of the Black Political Task
Force of Boston. Professor Van Der Meer’s area of research is focused on
African diaspora religion and culture and its image in the mass media.


"The woods are lovely, dark and deep"
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