Ada Fer­rer is Pro­fes­sor of His­to­ry and Latin Amer­i­can Stud­ies at New York Uni­ver­si­ty. Her most recent book is the award-win­ning Freedom’s Mir­ror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Rev­o­lu­tion (2014). Fol­low her on Twit­ter at @Adita_Ferrer.
In Cuba, Obama Articulated a Vision of History and Revolution that No Other President Ever Has
In a country in which political discourse rarely mentions race explicitly, Obama seemed to be saying to Cubans of African descent, I see you, and I understand your centrality in the past and future of your country.