Che in Africa
By Herb Boyd
Managing Editor, TBWT
New York City--To remember 1967 is to recall a time of chaos and sorrow. Death was everywhere. William Manchester published his book The Death of a President, which was about the assassination of JFK. “Death at an Early Age” was Jonathan Kozol’s bestseller on the deplorable education system in the ghettos of America.
In the spring of the year, May 22, Langston Hughes died. A few weeks later John Coltrane was gone on July 17. It wasn’t a week after Trane’s departure that the city of Detroit erupted, and when the five days of violence were quelled 43 people were dead. And then on October 9 Che Guevara was murdered in Bolivia by government soldiers abetted by the CIA. Che had gone there to ignite a socialist revolution.
On Monday, Nov. 5 at the Brecht Forum, a panel will examine a portion of Guevara’s remarkable life, mainly his days in the Congo. “Che in Africa,” is the brainchild of Joseph Harris and he will be joined by Elombe Brath, Rosemary Mealy, and Joan Gibbs as they analyze the successes and failures of Guevara’s ventures in Africa.
“We will explore the major contributions of Che to the African Revolution and his legacy there. A legacy that continues to this day with the ongoing medical/humanitarian missions Cuba continues to undertake,” said Joseph Harris.
The panel is one of several events commemorating the life and legacy of Che Guevara, the Argentinian-born doctor was played such an indispensable role in the Cuban revolution.
While Guevara’s daring exploits in Cuba are legendary, very little is known about his commitment to revolutionary change in Africa, particularly his harrowing stay in the Congo. This and other aspects of Guevara’s exciting life will be discussed by the well-known and well-informed panelists. The event will begin at 7pm and contact the numbers below for admission fees.
The Brecht Forum is located at 451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Streets, New York, NY 10014 Phone: (212) 242-4201 - Email: brechtforum at brechtforum.org
Directions: A, C, E or L to 14th Street & 8th Ave, walk down 8th Ave. to Bethune, turn right, walk west to the River, turn left 1, 2, 3 or 9 to 14th Street & 7th Ave, get off at south end of station, walk west on 12th Street to 8th Ave. left to Bethune, turn right, walk west to the River, turn left.