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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Legacy of Jose Antonio Echeverria discussed at Florida International University

For more information visit the Jose Antonio Echeverria Foundation and read a reflection on the legacy of "13 de Marzo."

 "The Urban Insurrection Against Batista: The Life and Times of Jose Antonio Echeverria" at Florida International University was held on August 27, 2014 at 7:30PM in Graham Center 150 on the South Campus located on Southwest Eighth Street. Present among the scholars and academics was Lucy Echeverría, the sister of Jose Antonio Echeverria.

 It was a symposium commemorating José Antonio Echeverría's life and role in 1950s Cuba in the struggle against Fulgencio Batista. Lucy Echeverría on her brother's leadership at the University of Havana: "My brother held the presidency of the Federation of University Students (FEU) four times elected by overwhelmingly majorities. There the troubles began with Castro. As he never became president, he always kept that inside." Also of interest for scholars was how the Echeverria family rejected the Castro regime's totalitarian turn to dictatorship and how they ended up in exile by 1961.

According to Lucy, objects found in the Birthplace Museum of  José Antonio Echeverría in Cárdenas do not belong to her brother and in a televised tribute done in Cuba, the supposed parents of the martyred leaders were presented, while the real ones were already exiled in the United States.

José Antonio Echeverría addressing students

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