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Cuban scholars, filmmaker commemorate the 1912 Massacre in a 2012 visit to the US:
Gloria Rolando, Tomás Fernández Robaina, Roberto Zurbano

This tour commemorates the centrennial of the 1912 Massacre of over 6,000 afrocubans, many of them members of the first black political party in the Americas after the Haitian revolution, the Party of the Independents of Color. The events below feature the first documentary to chronicle these events,  1912, Breaking the Silence, by Gloria Rolando, now available on AfroCubaWeb.


This tour has been organized by Geoffroy de Laforcade, Norfolk State University. 

Tuesday October 30 - Activities at Norfolk State (classes, appearance at Honors College Café)
Radio program: “With Good Reason” – WHRO (Charlottesville, VA) – Gloria Rolando, Tomas Robaina; Contact: Elliot Majerczyk

Wednesday October 31 - Norfolk State University Symposium: “Cuba: Rethinking Race and History from the Republic to the Revolution” (Day 1) – Gloria Rolando, Tomás Robaina, Roberto Zurbano; Contact: Geoffroy de Laforcade
Television program: "Africa Speaks"- Channel 95 - Comcast Cablevision (Richmond, VA) – Gloria, Tomás, Roberto; Contact: Lee Robinson

Thursday November 1 - Norfolk State University “Cuba: Rethinking Race and History from the Republic to the Revolution” (Day 2) – Gloria, Tomás, Roberto; Contact: Geoffroy de Laforcade

Friday November 2 - Roberto Zurbano flies to Nashville for appearance at Vanderbilt University
Saturday November 3 - Community forum/symposium:
The Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center and the Office of International Studies, Norfolk University, Virginia presents Diasporic Consciousness, Black Identity, and the Present Memory of Cuban Racism with Gloria Rolando, Tomás Fernández Robaina, Roberto Zurbano, and Geoffroy de Laforcade. They will be showing the film 1912: Breaking the Silence, in a commemoration of the centenary of the 1912 Massacre. See also flyer. Hurricane Sandy is having no effect on this date, travel by bus and cab is functional, streets are not crowded.

Sunday November 4 - Roberto Zurbano flies to Atlanta, Georgia for appearances at Emory, Spelman and Morehouse. Contact: Mark Sanders. Gloria Rolando and Tomás Robaina fly to Michigan for appearance at Kalamazoo College. Contact: Lisa Brock

Kalamazoo College: 1912, Chapter 1: Tuesday, November 6th, 12:30pm in Dewing Hall, RM 103.  1912, Chapter 2:  Wednesday, Nov. 7th at 7pm in the Recital Hall, Light Fine Arts Building. A Without Borders initiative sponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the English Department and Art 301/250

Thursday, November 8 - Roberto, Gloria and Tomás fly to Boston, Massachusetts

Friday, November 9 - Cuba Reconsidered: New Perspectives from Havana, Symposium at Tufts University, Medford, MA. Gloria Rolando, Tomás Fernández Robaina, Roberto Zurbano. Contact: Averi Becque.

Sunday, November 11 - Roberto, Gloria and Tomás fly to Pittsburgh for appearance at the University of Pittsburgh. Contact: Alejandro de la Fuente. Possible community initiatives, Thomas Smith

Monday, November 12 - Pittsburgh

Tuesday, November 13 - Gloria and Tomás fly to Washington, DC for appearances at The Johns Hopkins University and a local film festival. Roberto goes to Miami.

Wednesday, November 14 - Baltimore, Gloria Rolando and Tomás Robaina at Morgan State University; Contacts: Johnson Niba,  Ian Jacobs, and Dewayne Wickham.

Thursday, November 15 - public screening of Gloria’s 1912 film at the Center for Africana Studies of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Contact: Asantewa Boakyewa 4:00 PM, GILMAN 132, Johns Hopkins University, open to the public. See also Africana Studies web site

November 16-25 Gloria and Tomás to Washington, DC, for visits to universities and organizations in Maryland, Virginia & Pennsylvania (organized by Lee Robinson, President of the African Awareness Association) See overall flyer. Contact: These presentations include showings of the soon to be released 1912, Breaking the Silence, Chapters 1 & 2.

Friday, November 16 - A Centennial Celebration For “Party of the Independence of Color” with Cuban Film Maker Gloria Rolando, open to the public
A Symposium on Race and Racism in Cuba featuring the documentary film 1912: Breaking the Silence by Gloria Rolando
and a Panel Discussion with Dr. Tomas Fernandez Robaina, Cuban National Library - Gloria Rolando, Cuban Filmmaker - Dr. Geoffroy de Laforcade, Norfolk State University
Moderator: Netfa Freeman, WPFW
Friday, November 16, 2012  6-10 pm
$10 DONATION - Soul 57, 1326 Florida Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20002
Also featuring Ujamaa Shule African Dancers and Drummers
THIS EVENT IS SPONSORED BY: Kwanzaa Associates International, WPFW Media Sponsors and Norfolk State University Office of International Studies and Service Learning.
Purchase $10 tickets at Eventbrite.

Saturday, November 17 - Public Screening of "1912: Breaking the Silence" 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Skipper's Place - 1833 "M" Street - Washington, DC. Purchase $10 tickets at Eventbrite.

Sunday, November 18 - Public Screening of "1912: Breaking the Silence7PM – 10PM - The Songhai City Cultural Center, 3117 Master Street, Philadelphia, PA. Purchase $10 tickets at Eventbrite.

Monday, November 19, 2012 - Public Screening of "1912: Breaking the Silence11AM- 3PM - University of District of Columbia (UDC) - 801 N. Capital Street, Building #116 (All Purpose Room) Purchase $10 tickets at Eventbrite.

Monday - November 19, 2012:  - Public Screening of "1912: Breaking the Silence"  7PM – 10PM - William Byrd Community House - 224 South Cherry Street - Richmond, VA.  Purchase $10 tickets at Eventbrite.

Tuesday - November 20, 2012:  - Public Screening of "1912: Breaking the Silence"  6PM- 9PM - Elegba Folklore Society - 101 East Board Street - Richmond, VA  Purchase $10 tickets at Eventbrite. 

Friday, November 23, 2012:  - Public Screening of "1912: Breaking the Silence"  7PM - 11PM - Nowchild Soundstage - 409 East Preston Street - Baltimore, MD. Purchase $10 tickets at Eventbrite.

Saturday, November 24 - Gloria to Miami, FL

Gloria Rolando: departure to Havana on Wednesday, November 28th, from Miami. Roberto Zurbano remains for 2 months at the The Griffis Art Center, contact: Migdalia Salas. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - A Special Presentation at the Provenance Center, New London, Connecticut: Roberto Zurbano presents his "map" of the twentieth century treatment of black subjects, most notably as portrayed in themes of Cuban literature, revealing the singular racialization within Cuban society.


Cuba Reconsidered: New Perspectives from Havana, Symposium, Tufts University, Nov 9, 2012

Cuba Reconsidered, Tufts University

This summer, a group of nine Tufts University undergraduates traveled to Havana, Cuba for six weeks to study and conduct independent research at La Casa de las Americas, a subsidiary of University of Havana. We would like to invite you to Cuba Reconsidered: New Perspectives from Havana, a symposium where we will share some of our academic experiences with the Tufts community. We will present on our research, which covers topics including race, health, agriculture, economy and alternative energy in Cuba. We also have the great pleasure of hosting four Cuban academics we had the opportunity to work with this summer: Gloria Rolando, Tomás Robaina, Jorge Fornet, and Roberto Zurbano. They will present on a range of topics pertaining to race, gender and cultural movements in Cuba. The goal of the symposium is to promote dialogue and learning about Cuba within the Tufts community.

What – Cuba Reconsidered: New Perspectives from Havana
When – 2pm-5pm,
November 9th, 2012 (reception immediately following)
Where – Remis Sculpture Court, Aidekman Arts Center

Following the presentations, we invite you to join us for a small reception to enjoy further conversation and a light meal. The symposium will also feature art and photography by trip participants and a publication of our research papers. We look forward to having you, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments.


Averi Becque ‘13
Camille Bergsrud ‘15
Alfonso Enriquez Castro ‘13
Mia Greenwald ‘14
Grace HayesLarson ‘15
Dan Healy ‘15
Zoe Muńoz ‘14
JuHyun Matt Park ’14
Sophia Wright ‘13

This event is co‐sponsored by: the Latino Center, the Department of Romance
Languages, the International Relations Program, Department of Political Science,
Department of Sociology, The Africana Center, Latino Studies, and the Department
of Anthropology and Norfolk State University International Studies/Service‐



The 1912 Massacre

Gloria Rolando

Tomás Fernández Robaina

Roberto Zurbano


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