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Oct. 21, 2009

Fidel Castro's daughter to speak at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Alina Fernandez, the daughter of Fidel Castro, will speak at Birmingham-Southern on Oct. 27 in the BSC Norton Campus Center Bruno Great Hall at 7 p.m. In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, she will share her first-person, intimate account of growing up in Cuba. She speaks for herself and the people of Cuba, rather than as an expert on Castro as the political ruler of Cuba.

Just a toddler when her father overthrew the Batista government during the 1959 Cuban Revolution, Fernandez grew up and opened her eyes to the political climate in Cuba. She became rebellious, and in the '80s became part of the political dissident movement on the island. By 1993 she was forced to flee Cuba which she accomplished by mastering the art of disguise. She now resides in the United States.

The lecture, sponsored by the BSC Office of Multicultural Affairs, is open to the public, free of charge.

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