Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover Visits Cuba to Support People of African Descent

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover Visits Cuba to Support People of African Descent

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HAVANA, Cuba, 20 June 2011 -- 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.

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UNICEF Permanent Representative in Cuba Jose Juan Ortiz Bru 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 Bru.

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. …

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