Our Lady of Charity: An Opportunity for Agency, Resistance, and the Construction of a Multicultural Cuban Identity

By: Brenda Coromina

April 19, 2021

Virtual Spring 2021 REWA Student Symposium

My paper will examine the historic role of Our Lady of Charity in Cuba across different populations, including those of Afro-Cuban, mixed-race, and white descent—as well as revolutionaries and more recently, exiles. The central question explored by my paper is whether any specific sub-national group owns the story of Our Lady of Charity. The tentative thesis that my paper will propose is that Our Lady of Charity’s political and social significance exists in her symbolic power to inspire marginalized groups to exercise agency against oppression and maintain hope. This phenomenon has transcended Cuba’s borders, as evidenced by today’s diaspora community.


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