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DiverseCity: Lorenzo Martinez on Being American

Posted on · Houston resident Lorenzo Martinez talks about what being American means to him. Martinez was evacuated from Cuba as a young man when Fidel Castro came to power. He tells his story in his book, Cuba, Adios: A Young Man’s Journey to Freedom. This segment is part of DiverseCity, a year-long initiative looking at what Houston’s diversity […]

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Houstonian Lorenzo Martinez Recalls Escaping Cuba As a Child

Posted on · With the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, we thought we’d take time to tell the story of a Houstonian whose life was directly affected by Castro’s rise to power. As a teenager, Lorenzo Martinez was evacuated in secret from Cuba in the 1960s. What Martinez didn’t know – he wasn’t alone. More than 14,000 kids […]