Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pages From History: Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro and Comandante Juan Almeida During Their Harlem Visit in 1960

September 20, 2010

When Fidel went to the UN for the first time 50 years ago

AFTER intolerable acts of discourtesy, insolence and rudeness toward the Cuban delegation, Fidel and those accompanying him went to the Theresa Hotel in Harlem to cries of "Long live Castro!" and "Fidel, Fidel, Fidel!" from thousands of New York’s poorest inhabitants.

Cuba was excluded from a lunch President Eisenhower offered the Latin American delegations. Fidel responded: "That’s all right by me and I would like those attending to have a good appetite. I shall lunch in the Harlem district, with the poor. I belong to the poor people."

The Cuban prime minister lunched with the employees and owner of the Theresa Hotel.

This photo is of that moment, and Fidel is accompanied by Comandante Juan Almeida.

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