Celia Sanchez: The Legend of Cuba's Revolutionary Heart

Celia Sanchez: The Legend of Cuba's Revolutionary Heart

Celia Sanchez: The Legend of Cuba's Revolutionary Heart

Celia Sanchez: The Legend of Cuba's Revolutionary Heart

Synopsis

Fearless and brilliant, Celia Sanchez was the dynamo whose Revolution took off while Castro was sweating in prison. Her friends share memories and her own letters to describe her strategies, her relationship with Fidel Castro, and her communications with Washington and Moscow.

Excerpt

In the past two decades, I have studied the Cuban Revolution day and night, particularly in terms of how it relates to the United States. Along the way, I have come to believe that the historic event says more about America than anything that has transpired since World War II, including Vietnam and Iraq and even including the Cold War against the former Soviet Union.

For me, an all-consuming interest in Cuba began innocently enough. Throughout the 1970s I was Sports Director/Anchor of WTVR-TV, the cbs affiliate in Richmond, Virginia. After airing an interview with the “Brown Bomber,” Joe Louis, I received a phone call from an elderly black woman named Nora Peters. a retired free-lance journalist and botanist, she knew Joe and asked if I could put her in touch with him. I did. Shortly thereafter, Tina Peters, Nora’s daughter, called me and thanked me for being “kind and patient” with her seventy-two-year-old mother. Then Tina told me that Nora watched my nightly sports shows from her “remote cabin” and that she was “a recluse” but “she would love to meet you.”

Eventually, I did rendezvous at a rural store in central Virginia with Tina who then drove me about forty miles to Nora’s home, far up a rugged and winding sawmill road. It was well past midnight when we arrived, and after Tina introduced me to Nora, she lay down on the couch for a “short nap.” It turned into a long nap. My first hour with Nora was at her kitchen table where she watched me consume a whole coconut cream pie and several glasses of sweet tea. We discussed various sports, including the three heavyweight title fights she had seen Joe Louis win. She then showed me her striking flower garden out . . .

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