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Forging DiasporaAfro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow$
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Frank Andre Guridy

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833612

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895979_guridy

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Forging Diaspora in the Midst of Empire: The Tuskegee-Cuba Connection

Forging Diaspora in the Midst of Empire: The Tuskegee-Cuba Connection

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Forging Diaspora
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Frank Andre Guridy

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807895979_guridy.5

This chapter demonstrates the very existence of the Club Atenas's headquarters, which can be traced to an African American source, and notes that the building's architect, Luis Delfín Valdés, was an Afro-Cuban graduate of Tuskegee in 1908. It examines the connections forged by Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute in Alabama with Cubans of African descent during the onset of U.S. imperialism in Cuba in 1898. The chapter shows how the interactions between the school and prospective students were driven largely by the agency of black people themselves in both countries, even in the midst of U.S. imperial designs in Cuba. It highlights the importance of material incentives in the making of Afro–diasporic linkages by showing how aspirations for an education animated Afro-Cuban desires to attend Tuskegee.

Keywords:   Club Atenas, African American, Luis Delfín Valdés, Afro-Cuban, Tuskegee, Alabama, Afro–diasporic linkages

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