Port of Spain, January 28th – The Alma Jordan Library of the University of the West Indies (UWI) of Trinidad and Tobago, served as host of a small but moving event in tribute to Jose Marti on the occasion of the 166th anniversary of his birth.
The event in tribute to the Master, was done in collaboration between the Library and the Cuban Embassy which was headed by Mr. Frank Soodeen, Head Librarian of the Alma Jordan Library and the Ambassador-designate, Tania Diego Olite. Also, present was, the staff of the Cuban Embassy, members of the solidarity and social movements with Cuba, Trinidadian personalities and members of the Cuban community in the Caribbean country. All united by the common feeling of honoring the most universal of Cubans, his work and prodigal thought.
The speakers highlighted Marti’s political career, especially his Latin American and Caribbean vocation, while highlighting the validity of his thinking in the face of current trends that hit our peoples.
The program of the event traced, among its objectives, the interest of José Martí for childhood and the need to promote an education based on ethical and humanistic principles, which had as a symbolic moment the declamation of two Cuban girls of the poem “Cultivate a white rose", known for its special beauty and allegory to friendship. The children were also in charge of paying tribute to the Master with the laying of a wreath before the bust of the Apostle.
The event opened an exhibition of works and materials of interest on the life and work of the Master, as part of the program of celebrations of this event in the Caribbean country.