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Miami Dade College’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives to Host Colloquium on the Life and Legacy of Cuba’s Rogelio “Francisco” Gonzalez Corzo Jan. 13

~ Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sen. Javier D. Souto to lead discussion on the resistance movement

Miami, January 7, 2014 - In the 1960s, Rogelio “Francisco” Gonzalez Corzo, a talented young Cuban, organized and led a major armed movement against the island’s rising totalitarianism and ultimately paid with his life. To reflect on Gonzalez Corzo’s life and legacy, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives (CLACI) will host a colloquium titled “Francisco Lives!” at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 13 at the InterAmerican Campus. The event will be conducted in Spanish and is free and open to the public. 

The colloquium will explore the present and future relevance of the actions and ultimate sacrifice of Gonzalez Corzo, who was one of top leaders of the underground resistance effort called “Movement to Recover the Revolution” (MRR). He was executed by firing squad at the tender age of 28.

Former state senator and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier D. Souto, who became one of the direct assistants to Gonzalez Corzo and later joined the 2506 Brigade invasion, will share his memories of Gonzalez Corzo’s role in the MRR. Ex-political prisoner Carmina Trueba will also share her memories of this relevant chapter of Cuban history.

Free parking will be available at the 6Th Street parking lot (See map).

MDC continues to provide a platform for thought-provoking discussions. The college has recently hosted various international events on some present regional challenges such as to the threats against freedom of the press in Latin America, crimes against humanity and experiences of reconciliation processes in various regions of the world. It also organized a series of invited speakers to address the current situation in Cuba including some renowned dissidents such as blogger/independent journalist Yoani Sanchez, three members of the Ladies in White, Cuban priest Father Jose Conrado, Antonio Rodiles, Eliecer Avila, Manuel Cuesta Morúa, Leonardo Calvo, Juan Madrazo, Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Cepero.

“Francisco Lives!” colloquium on Rogelio “Francisco” Gonzalez Corzo

  • WHEN: Monday, Jan. 13, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • WHERE: InterAmerican Campus, room 3103 627 SW 27 Ave.

For more information, contact CLACI Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio Blanco at 305-237-3944 or at

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