Fidel Castro, the former leader of the Caribbean country of Cuba, who's longevity underscored his impact upon millions of youths in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and the world, died last night. He was 90.
Castro led Cuba as a Marxist revolutionary since 1959, when he and Che Guevara routed the corrupt Fulgencio Batista from power in Cuba. Castro's revolution became the rallying cry for the working classes in Latin American, the Caribbean and Africa at a time when United States(US) and Soviet ideologies split the world. The Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban missile crisis focused much attention on Cuba in the 1960s.
Born in Cuban on August 13, 1926, Castro, a lawyer, survived many threats to his leadership until his transferred of power to his brother and current Cuban President, Raul Castro, in 2008.
While many Cubans living in the US and especially, in Miami, detested the existence of Castro because their landed and professional families were uprooted from Cuba by Castro, Castro remained very popular among Cuba's working classes as well as among those on other Caribbean islands, Latin America and Africa.
For many youths of the 1960s and the 1970s, Castro was the embodiment of government for the people - a Utopian realization amid economic sanctions and hardships. Yet, Castro's Cuban revealed the inherent reality of economic faults within Marxism. But Castro survived to see the beginning of normalization of relations between his country and the US.
Today, those of us touched or influenced by Fidel Castro over the years stand in honor of the Caribbean leader and hereby state: Travel well Fidel, thanks for imparting hope upon the hopeless and bravery to the weak of heart. R.I.P. Comrade!