Voces de la Republica Colloquium Ends in Sancti Spiritus

Gisselle Morales

The event gathered in the Cuban central province of Sancti Spiritus, researchers from all over the country interested on the facts, processes and personalities from 1902 to 1958.

The massacre against the Independent Party of Color, whose centenary is remembered in 2012, was one of Cuba’s history most embarrassing pages, because it encouraged racial hatred and nearly dissolved the nation, as it was explained in the 16th Voces de la Republica Colloquium, held from May 15th to 18th, in Sancti Spiritus.

In the opening panel, Dr. Rolando Rodriguez, author of the book La conspiración de los iguales, highlighted the importance of the fact involving a major part of the society at that time and whose analysis is yet to be more deepened.

“Racial discrimination is a matter of ideas and feelings, thus, it is a mistake to try to use force to solve it”, he said.

The colloquium paid tribute to the killing of the members of the Independientes de Color (Independents of Color) movement that took place in 1912, as well as the 110th birthday anniversary of National Poet Nicolas Guillen and the 90th birthday of local painter, poet and writer Thelvia Marín Mederos.

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