Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover visits Cuba to support people of African descent

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and internationally acclaimed actor Danny Glover visited Havana last week to attend the opening session of the regional workshop entitled ‘Cuba and the Afro-Descendant Peoples of the Americas’.
The UNICEF-supported event was organized by the Juan Marinello Cuban Institute for Cultural Research in connection with the International Year for People of African Descent.
A memorable gathering
Upon arrival to Havana, Mr. Glover visited the National Folklore Ensemble, where he witnessed a music and dance workshop established with boys, girls and adolescents to help preserve their African inheritance.
“The work is extraordinary, wonderful. It’s what many cultural institutions in the world should do,” Mr. Glover said. “As a Goodwill Ambassador, I must say that I feel proud that UNICEF supports this type of initiative. We cannot talk about the transformations that are taking place in Latin America without regard for the African influence.”
During his trip, Mr. Glover and the other members of the delegation were met at the headquarters of ‘La Colmenita’ by company director Carlos Alberto “Tin” Cremata, and given an impromptu performance by members of the troupe.
UNICEF Permanent Representative in Cuba José Juan Ortiz Brú welcomed the workshop participants and thanked them for their advocacy efforts in support of the rights of Afro-descendants and excluded populations.
“It is a real privilege that Danny Glover and James Early are here with us, once again, in the process of reasserting the values of African culture in Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Mr. Ortiz Brú.
Supporting Afro-descendant populations
The workshop – attended by a large number of intellectuals, academics and leaders of African descent from North America, Latin America and the Caribbean – was sponsored by the Juan Marinello Cuban Institute for Cultural Research and the Ministry of Culture of Cuba.
At it, a UN panel – composed of representatives from UNICEF, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UN Population Fund, UN Women, and led by the Office of the Resident Coordinator – highlighted the major commitment by each of the organizations in supporting Afro-descendant populations, which are highly excluded in many countries of the world and in the Americas in particular.
“We in the United Nations are convinced that diversity is wealth; it is culture and development,” said Bárbara Pesce-Monteiro, UN Resident Coordinator in Cuba. “We are also aware that a single year is not enough to resolve injustices and strengthen the commitment to this issue of Afro-descendants – an idea whose origin goes back to the principles enshrined in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
Combating discrimination
Concluding the event, Ana Carolina Querino, Regional Coordinator of the Gender, Race and Poverty Programme of UN Women, spoke about the lack of value placed on African culture and heritage across the continent.
“In the education of our countries, children and adolescents are not fairly trained in the possibility of having a positive image of their identity as Afro-descendants,” she said.
In the Caribbean, approximately 70 per cent of the population is of African descent. Despite accounting for a sizable percentage of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean, populations of African descent are the ones hardest hit by discrimination and the violation of their rights.
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2 thoughts on “Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover visits Cuba to support people of African descent

  1. what a joke Danny Glover has no Idea what hes doing in CUba let him meet with the black Cuban dissidents and then his visit will have some creditbility not just kissing up to the communist regime.

    1. Post the truth Black Cuban dissidents are being constantly harrassed by the Castro regime, apparently Mr. Glover has no clue about this. Let him speak to Antunez black political prisoner, or Oscar Elias Bisset Black Cuban Dr. Jailed for years for speaking against the Cuban Dictatorship. Let him come to Miami and Speak to the mother of black prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo beaten and tortured to death in Castro Jails as a political prisoner. Go ahead Mr. Glover speak the truth about your friend Castros Island Gulag. I dare You.

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