Afro-Latino Festival NYC
Fall Reading "Reyita: The Life of a Black Cuban Woman in the Twentieth Century" By MariaÂ de los ReyesÂ Castillo Bueno (2000) Duke University Press.
Synopsis: Maria de los Reyes Castillo BuenoÂ (1902â1997), also known as Reyita, is the subject of the testimonial biographyÂ This orally communicated narrative was rendered into a testimonial biography by Reyita's daughter,Â Daisy Rubiera Castillo, and published in 1997. Reyita's biography adds a previously unknown and thus, underrepresented perspective to a time of political, as well as social, upheaval and change in Cuban history.
Reyita, communicates her grandmother's and parentsâ oral history of slavery and their fight in theÂ Cuban War of Independence, the last fight for Cuba's independence from Spain and the abolition of slavery in 1898. Although Cuba became an independent republic and freed their African slaves, Reyita notes several Afro-Cuban uprisings during the first half of the 20th century, due to racial discrimination and unequal rights. She mentions personal interactions with leaders of theÂ Partido Independiente de ColorÂ (PIC, The Independent Colored Party),Â Evaristo EstenozÂ andÂ Pedro Ivonet, who organized an armed protest calling for legalization of the Party. Reyita witnesses the death of the PIC's leaders and thousands of followers, which is called the 1912 PIC massacre. After the massacre of Afro-Cuban leaders and strong groups, Reyita discusses her involvement with, Anti-colonialist Jamaican leader,Â Marcus Garvey's back-to-Africa movement in the 1920s.
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