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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

After 49 years as Cuba’s president, Fidel Castro retires
By Karen Juanita Carrillo

After taking a year to recover from intestinal surgery, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz finally announced on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 that he would no longer serve as president of Cuba.   

Castro announced his retirement in an official letter reproduced in Granma, Cuba’s paper of record.  

In the letter, Fidel specifically states that he will not accept the positions of President of the State Council and Commander in Chief at Cuba’s next Parliament session set to take place on Sunday, February 24th.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Was Warren G. Harding America's first Black president?

Author Eva M. Doyle asserts that Warren G. Harding, President from 1921 to 1923, had Black ancestry but never publicly acknowledged or denied it.     



Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News

Her soon to be released book, "Warren Gamaliel Harding: One of America's Black Presidents", indicates that Harding's paternal great-grandfather was African-American, as was one of his great-grandmothers. 

She further asserts in her book that Harding has been described as having a dark complexion and wiry hair, and his father, Dr. George T., as having thick lips and chocolate skin.

"Everyone is saying, if Obama gets elected, he'll be the first black president. That's not entirely true," Doyle told Buffalo News Staff Reporter Deidre Williams. "I've got to let everyone know he won't be the first Black president."

For the past 29 years, Doyle has been writing a weekly column on Black history for the Buffalo Criterion in Western New York.  Her column, "Eye on History," features not readily known facts about Black history.  She also has a weekly radio broadcast on WUFO-AM that airs the first and third Tuesday of the month and works as a consultant  to the Buffalo School system's African-American history program.

Doyle will have a book-signing from 6 to 8 p.m. March 1 in the Pratt-Willert Community Center, 422 Pratt St., near Genesee Street, in Buffalo, New York.

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The Sound of My Footsteps:

Narratives of Migratory Jamaican immigrants


Interviews with over 30 Jamaican immigrants

on their pre-migratory perceptions of New York

and England

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The Afro-Latin@ Reader focuses attention on a large, vibrant, yet oddly invisible community in the United States: people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean. The presence of Afro-Latin@s in the United States (and throughout the Americas) belies the notion that Blacks and Latin@s are two distinct categories or cultures. Afro-Latin@s are uniquely situated to bridge the widening social divide between Latin@s and African Americans. At the same time, their experiences reveal pervasive racism among Latin@s and ethnocentrism among African Americans. Offering insight into Afro-Latin@ life and new ways to understand culture, ethnicity, nation, identity, and antiracist politics, The Afro-Latin@ Reader presents a kaleidoscopic view of Black Latin@s in the United States. It addresses history, music, gender, class, and media representations in more than sixty selections, including scholarly essays, memoirs, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, short stories, and interviews.

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African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events

 by Karen Juanita Carrillo

The proof of any group's importance to history is in the detail, a fact made plain by this informative book's day-by-day documentation of the impact of African Americans on life in the United States.  One of the easiest ways to grasp any aspect of history is to look at it as a continuum. African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events provides just such an opportunity.

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The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the present, and their hopes for the future 

by Karen Juanita Carrillo

 The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the present, and their hopes for the future is an introduction to the lives of Blacks in Colombia. Afro-Colombians live in a resource-rich yet remote region of Colombia. They only recently won recognition as one of that nation's distinct ethnic groups. But Colombia's on-going civil war has led many Afro-Colombians to reach even farther than their nation's borders for recognition: many have made their way to the United States as refugees and as political activists working for peace in their homeland. The View from Chocó introduces the lives and struggles of a too-long neglected community of Colombian Blacks. 

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