Tomorrow, on #MLKDay, I will do a reading from my translation of “I Have a Dream,” that beautiful and emblematic speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will take place at Watchung Booksellers, at 7PM. (If you’d like to attend, please register in this link. The entire conversation will be in Spanish.)
I will dedicate this event:
– to #KeenanAnderson, a high school teacher, who was murdered a couple of days ago by members of the Los Angeles police department, for the crime of being Black and asking its officers for help;
– to artist @luismanuel.oteroalcantara and #Grammy-winning rapper @maykelosorbo, both #Cuban citizens who are languishing in prison in #Cuba for the crime of thinking while Black;
– to Black women in Cuba and the US, who have to fight against the violence of misogyny and racism on a daily basis;
– to descendants of enslaved Africans in every country built upon the rubble of the Atlantic slave trade;
– to my African ancestors, whose lineage I do not know due to that form of violence that is institutional oblivion.
The personal has always been political.
As Dr. King said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”