Little Havana in Miami, Florida
When I first visited Little Havana escorted by an Afro-Puerto Rican friend from Miami who has a pleasant rapport with the community, I never knew that it even addressed black heritage. Originally, Little Havana, to my knowledge, consisted of white wealthy Cubans who escaped the Castro regime. In fact, my friend took me by a park where old Cuban refugees just sit around playing chess, dominoes, and checkers venting about Fidel Castro.
The name "Little Havana" emerged in the 1960s as the concentration of Cubans in the area west of downtown Miami becoming famous as the cultural and political capital of Cuban Americans. The neighborhood is known for it festivals, including the Calle Ocho (8th Street) Festival and others that have been televised to millions of people every year on different continents.
Little Havana is characterized by its street life, restaurants, music and cultural activities, mom and pop enterprises, political passion, and great warmth among its residents.
However, tour guide Corinna Moebius www.LittleHavanaGuide will be including Black Heritage tours of the community on an ongoing basis. She wants to set up these tours to include dinner with an important Afro-Cuban descendant figure from Little Havana/Cuban/Latin American/Caribbean history.
She will also be launching tours focused on Afro-Cuban Culture and Religion followed by a dance performance. All of her walking tours of Little Havana incorporate and emphasize the historic and present-day contributions of people of African descent.