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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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Destination without Humiliation Black Travel within the Routes of Discrimination

Destination without Humiliation Black Travel within the Routes of Discrimination

(p.151) Chapter Four Destination without Humiliation Black Travel within the Routes of Discrimination
Forging Diaspora

Frank Andre Guridy

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter underscores the importance of black tourism in the process of diasporization from the early 1930s until the dawn of the Cuban Revolution and the civil rights movement in the 1950s. It observes that black travellers with some means began to view themselves as “tourists” eager to visit other parts of the world where people of African descent lived. The chapter further observes that Cuba's pleasant climate, geographic proximity, and large population of African descent made it a particularly attractive place to visit for African American travellers, especially since a passport was not needed for entry to the country. It shows how instances of racial discrimination against black travellers helped propel activism in both countries and also documents the strategies black entrepreneurs and organizations used to assemble a tourist network that relied upon segregated African American and Afro-Cuban institutions and businesses.

Keywords:   tourism, diasporization, Cuban Revolution, civil rights, black travellers, African American, racial discrimination, Afro-Cuban

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