Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

LARC Releases Primary Source Curriculum on Race, Power, and Afro-Cuban Identity

November 14th, 2017

The Latin American Resource Center is proud to announce the release of a new high school curriculum titled Race, Power, and Identity in Cuba: Past and Present Primary Source Activities. In this activity-based curriculum, students draw on primary sources, such as autobiographical excerpts, contemporary art, and editorials, to explore how structural racism and resistance shaped the Afro-Cuban communities’ experiences and identities in the nineteenth century and continues to impact Afro-Cubans today. This curriculum was inspired by the Tulane University’s Summer 2017 Cuban Culture & Society K-12 Teacher Institute and created by the curriculum specialists at Primary Source, a non-profit educational organization. This curriculum is adaptable for high school Spanish, Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts, and Art History.

The curriculum features three units that utilize primary source materials:

Autobiography of Juan Francisco Manzano, a Cuban slave
In this activity, students read excerpts from the autobiography od Juan Francisco Manzano, a slave in Cuba during the heyday of sugar production.

Painting by Afro-Cuban U.S. Artist Lili Bernard: The Sale of Venus (2011)
In this activity, students observe and analyze the Sale of Venus, a contemporary painting by Afro-Cuban U.S. artist Lili Bernard, then learn more about the artist’s life and vision.

Editorial by Roberto Zurbano about the Status of Afro-Cubans
In this activity, students conduct a close reading of Cuban editor and activist Roberto Zurbano’s 2013 New York Times editorial titled For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn’t Begun.

Caribbean + People
Beverly Trask
Associate Professor - Theatre & Dance