Lessons Learned in Cuba

I attended a public high school in my neighborhood, Washington Heights. I found himself always asking uncomfortable and challenging questions about what I was learning. These experiences and unanswered questions led to the creation of the Critical Theory and Social Justice Club, which my peers and I intended to be a space for dialogue.

Also, with the help of our advisors, Daniel Morales-Armstrong and Miranda Sanchez, we raised money and organized a trip – the first international trip a group from a New York City public school has ever taken. In April of 2016 we made it to Cuba, where for 10 days we conducted social research on what it means to be an Afro-Cuban and how race has developed in the country of Cuba. We chose to travel here in part because in Cuba, racism is illegal.

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