Challenging the Narrative of Afro-Cuban Migration

Published: Jul 12 2021

This week Dr. Nancy Mirabal, a scholar of Afro-Latinx and Latinx studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, joins the conversation. In this episode, Dr. Mirabal challenges the perception that Cuban-American history begins with the migrants of the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Her parents immigrated from Cuba for economic opportunities in the early 1950’s, and their experiences with xenophobia and racism in the United States served as a catalyst for her research. Her work highlights how Afro-Cuban identities are not a new phenomena, but a rich, yet understudied, part of U.S. history.