Our annual tribute to José Martí (1853-1895) on his birthday. Founding father of Cuba and leader of its last war of independence, José Martí is also a towering figure in Cuban and Latin American literature. In his short life, he excelled as a poet, essayist, journalist, and revolutionary. Throughout the 1890′s and early 1990′s he worked as a foreign correspondent in New York City, and his masterful narratives were the eyes through which much of Latin America saw the United States.
As in past years, we will gather in front of his iconic statue in Central Park (pictured below). Those attending should bring a white rose to lay in our traditional basket.
The legendary songs, El Mambí and Clave a Martí, will be performed by Lilia Junco. Commemorative words by Iraida Iturralde.
José Martí Statue
in Central Park
59th Street, off 6th Ave., NYC
(NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)|
For links to songs cited above and Cuban historical footage from 1895,
please click below:
Clave a Martí
The CCCNY is grateful for the promotional collaboration of artist Sandro Guerra, as well as