“Castro, while in new York for the 1960 opening session of the United Nations, was turned away from the Hotel Shelburne because of concern about “adverse publicity.” The black owner of Harlem’s Hotel Theresa invited Castro, along with his entire delegation, to lodge with them, free of charge. Castro accepted and the black community has never forgotten him.”
-Joanne Bealy, Freelance Writer, 2003
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz
Born August 13, 1926, Castro led the revolution overthrowing Fulgencio Batista in 1959. Shortly thereafter, Castro was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Cuba. Castro became First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in 1965, and led the transformation of Cuba into a one-party socialist republic. In 1976 he became president of the Council of State as well as of the Council of Ministers. He also holds the supreme military rank of Comandante en Jefe (“Commander in Chief”) of the Cuban armed forces.
On February 19, 2008 after nearly five decades of rule, Fidel Castro announced his resignation in a letter published in the online edition of the Communist Party daily publication called “Granma”.
On Sunday, February 24, 2008 Cuba’s National Assembly chose Fidel Castro’s younger brother Raul to be the country’s new president. Raul Castro helped his brother plan the 1950s uprising that brought about the Cuban revolution that put Fidel Castro in power.
Reference: Wikipedia, CNN