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Master of Arts (MA)

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Master's Thesis


Arts and Sciences



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Dr. Anastasia Curwood


This study examined the July 1960 trip to Cuba financed by the Fair Play for Cuba Committee and the Cuban cultural center Casa de las Américas, in which the Black poet and activist Amiri Baraka took part. Diving into his experiences in Cuba and his later writings, it is possible to conceive of diaspora as an interaction that is based not only on race, but on points of common oppression, as seen between Baraka and the African American delegation he joined in 1960 and the Cuban society he engaged with during the trip. This work therefore furthers the field of Black intellectual studies, Cuban studies, and diasporic studies, as it expands the concept of Black internationalism within the Black radical tradition as posed by Cedric J. Robinson to observe a continuation of the international ties U.S. Black communities have maintained.

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This study was supported by the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies, from 2022 to 2024.