Two years after his 1959 speech at the Havana Labor Rally Fidel Castro declared that the age of racism and discrimination was over. Geoffroy de Laforcade  (Norfolk State University) and William Alexander (Norfolk State University) discuss the validity of Castro’s declaration in today’s Cuba. This summer, they will be leading students from the United States on an intensive study program in that country.  Also featured: When poet Sheikh Kamarah (Virginia State University) left Sierra Leone to get his PhD in America, a civil war broke out that prevented him from returning home for 10 years. In his poetry collection, Singing in Exile and The Child of War, Kamarah writes about the Sierra Leone he knew as a child when it was renowned as the most peaceful nation in West Africa.

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