Roots and Flowers by Abdul Alkalimat
The Life and Work of the Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González

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This book introduces North Americans and other general readers to 1) the role of Afro-Cubans in Cuban history and culture, particularly in the 20th century, and 2) librarianship in the context of the Cuban revolution. Considering these two related subjects through the life and work of Marta Terry, Cuba will serve as an example for other Africans in the Americas and for all library workers in times of social change. Marta Terry directed three centrally important Cuban libraries. Beginning in 1961 she was Che Guevara's librarian when he organized the National Planning Board (JUCEPLAN) that set the post-1958 course for Cuba's development. From 1967-1987, she was library director at the Casa de Las Americas, the organization built and led by Haydee Santamaria that published and connected writers and their readers from across Latin America and set a model for combining liberation politics and innovative cultural production. From 1987-1997, she was director of the José Martí National Library, at which time the library was assigned responsibility for all public library development on the Island and then managed through the collapse of the Soviet Union, then Cuba's #1 trading partner and source of hard currency. A participant in international library gatherings since the 1950s, Marta Terry was also the point person in establishing Cuba's international library reputation and connections through IFLA, bringing their annual meeting to Latin America for the first time in Havana in 1994. She was then also point person in defending Cuba from the US-government sponsored attack that followed, under the guise of the so-called "independent libraries."
 

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Alkalimat is Professor of Sociology and Director of the African Studies program at the University of Toledo, Ohio, where he has engineered the only known Internet-based course taught from Africa to students in the US. KATE WILLIAMS is the author of the highly praised novel The Pleasures of Men and five acclaimed non-fiction books, including Becoming Queen, about the youth of Queen Victoria, and England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton. She is also a social historian and broadcaster who appears regularly on radio and television as a historical and royal expert, is frequently on BBC Breakfast, and has hosted historical documentaries on TV and radio. The Storms of War is the first novel in a trilogy that will tell the story of the de Witt family between 1914 and 1939.Web: kate-williams.comFacebook: Kate WilliamsTwitter: @KateWilliamsme
 
Published February 15, 2015 by Library Juice Press. 324 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference.