Remembering Fidel Castro


Dear Naclistas,

On November 25, 2016, Fidel Castro Ruz passed away in Santiago de Cuba at the age of 90. Castro, who led Cuba's revolution from 1959 until 2008, leaves behind a legacy unparalleled by any leader in Latin America in the 20th Century - or perhaps the world. The five pieces that follow, printed on over the past week, reflect on different aspects of Castro's memory in the wake of his death. 


Ana Dopico
December 5, 2016
Fidel’s legend, his image, his words and power were so enormously decisive in shaping my destiny that his death opens a time of remembering and reckoning.
Elizabeth Dore
December 1, 2016
Whether Cubans on the island worship Fidel Castro despite his flaws, loathe him, or are indifferent to a figure they now regard as a historical anachronism depends more on their age than anything else.
Bianca Premo
November 30, 2016
In the wake of Fidel Castro’s death, strong anti-Castro sentiment goes hand-in-hand with layered political thinking among diverse Miami Latinxs.
Louis A Pérez, Jr.
November 29, 2016
Fidel Castro represented the authenticity of Cuban historical aspirations to sovereignty and self-determination.
Sujatha Fernandes
November 27, 2016
The committment of Fidel Castro and his generation to the building of an alternative model of a socialist society is a memory well worth keeping alive.
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