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Rosemari MealyRosemari Mealy

Rosemari Mealy is Adjunct Assistant Professor at City College of NY (CUNY) Center for Worker Education. Professor Mealy has been honored for her community involvement on numerous occasions and was the recipient of the prestigious Claudia Jones Fellow in the African New World Studies Program at Florida International University (Miami). Mealy has lived and worked in Cuba where she collaborated on several projects in support of US political prisoners with Assata Shakur. She is also an activist in the International Human rights and political prisoner movement.

She is the author of Fidel & Malcolm X: Memories of a Meeting, now out in a second edition from Black Classic Press.
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"More than five decades have lapsed since September 1960, when African American Muslim leader Malcolm X welcomed Cuban President Fidel Castro to a midnight meeting at Harlem s Black-owned Hotel Theresa. Castro and his delegation had come to New York to attend the UN General Assembly, but the management of the Manhattan hotel they had booked refused to house them. Upon learning of their plight, Malcolm invited the Cuban emissaries to come uptown to Harlem, where he claimed they would be greeted with open arms.

Indeed, Harlemites by the thousands gave Castro a rousing, even magnificent welcome, keeping a round-the-clock vigil in the pouring rain outside his balcony window. To Harlem s masses, unfazed by the red baiting and anti-Cuba hysteria of the day, Castro was that bearded revolutionary who had told White America to go to hell. They crowded the streets to see and cheer the Cuban delegation and its then thirty-four-year-old revolutionary leader.

Sadly, however, little is said, even today, about the far-reaching conversations that took place between Malcolm and Fidel that September evening. Only three newsmen were allowed to join them: two representatives and a photographer from the Negro press. They noted that the two leaders exchanged pleasantries, then spoke candidly, through their interpreters, about self-determination and national liberation. Though language differences proved a formidable barrier, author Rosemari Mealy maintains that the respect that both men expressed towards each other...solidified the ties of friendship between the Cuban revolution and the relentless struggles of the African American people.

In this slim yet significant volume, Mealy, along with contributors Elombe Brath, LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Sarah E. Wright, and Bill Epton, compile the recollections of a number of persons who played important roles in this historic summit. They add to these their own perspectives as historians, poets, journalists, and political activists on the two leaders and the revolutionary movements they spawned. The combined reflections, coupled with Malcolm s and Fidel s own writings about the encounter and rare photographs of the two men together, yield an authentic accounting of a remarkable meeting of the minds."  -- from listing 

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Ending the U.S. Blockade Against Cuba! Rosemari Mealy, 2011


Afroestadounidenses piden a Obama liberar a antiterroristas cubanos 7/11/2011 CubaDebate: "Integrantes de la comunidad afro en Estados Unidos enviaron una carta al presidente Barack Obama en la que piden la libertad para cinco antiterroristas cubanos, prisioneros hace casi 13 años en este país. La iniciativa de Joan P. Gibbs, miembro de la Conferencia Nacional de Abogados Negros (NCBL), y Rosemari Mealy, autora del libro Fidel y Malcolm X: memorias de un encuentro, fue respaldada por centenares de activistas solidarios con la causa de los luchadores isleños."

U.S.-based solidarity activists awarded Friendship Medal in Cuba 5/12/2011 Liberation: "Gloria La Riva and Rosemari Mealy, longtime activists whose work includes years of solidarity with the Cuban Revolution, were awarded the Friendship Medal by the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba. The awards were petitioned for by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples. La Riva, coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, and Mealy, veteran leader of the Venceremos Brigade, were each awarded the medal at the conclusion of the International Conference in Solidarity with Cuba, in the Palace of Conventions in Havana."

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