The Cuban embassy in the United States opened its doors to celebrate the culture, history and friendship with the African-American community.

Photo: Deisy Francis Mexidor/ Prensa Latina.

The Cuban embassy in the United States opened its doors to celebrate the culture, history and friendship that have characterized ties with the African-American community to this day, on the occasion of Black Heritage Month.

When delivering welcome words to the participants in a meeting at the diplomatic headquarters, the head of the Cuban mission, Lianys Torres, highlighted these ties.

He recalled the welcome that the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, received when he traveled to New York in 1960 to participate in the UN General Assembly and they opened their arms and hearts to him in Harlem.

The meeting, attended by representatives of culture, academics, university students, religious and businessmen, among others, appreciates, he said, all those links of culture, history and friendship.

A very well chosen segment that included vocalist, writer and activist Ayanna Gregory;

Casineros DC's dance couple, Adrian Valdivia and Naomi Washington, jazz singer Chuck Holden, and the strong and catchy sound of Farafina Kan's drums, gave the touch of class to the night.

Additionally, those present enjoyed a photographic exhibition inspired by the friendship forged in the 1930s between Cuba's National Poet, Nicolás Guillén, and Langston Hughes, one of the leading voices of the Harlem Renaissance.

In comments to Prensa Latina, several of the attendees expressed their gratitude to the Cuban embassy for this initiative and reiterated their vision on the need to improve ties between the United States and the largest of the Antilles.

Every year in the month of February, Black Heritage Month is commemorated in the United States to honor the achievements and struggles of African Americans throughout the country's history.

In the late 1960s, the civil rights movement and efforts to transform race relations led to Black History Week, which later became Black Heritage Month, recognized in 1976 as a celebration. national by then-president Gerald Ford (1974-1977).

The second calendar month was chosen for the birth of the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809), who issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation entered the third year of the Civil war.

Also in homage to Frederick Douglass who was born enslaved (1818) and later became a leader of the abolitionist movement.

Every U.S. president after Ford followed the tradition of officially designating February as Black Heritage Month.

(Taken from Prensa Latina)