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Cubans Contemplate Past, and Future, After Castro's Death

Marcelo Montecino via Flickr Creative Commons
Fidel Castro in Havana, 1978.

Fidel Castro is dead. The Cuban revolutionary dominated the Caribbean island for more than 50 years, and his death on Friday was met with celebrations on the streets of Miami

In the wake of Castro's death, many Cuban-Americans in South Florida are celebrating what they see as the end of an era, even as they worry about what his death means for the future of Cuban people.

We speak with Cuban immigrants and Cuban-Americans about their family histories, their struggles with the Castro-led Cuban government, and their hopes for the future of US-Cuban relations.


  • Rafael Lopez, Cuban-American with the Hispanic Vote PAC
  • Gloria Jordan, Cuban-American restaurant owner who has led multiple travel groups through Cuba
Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.
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