CHC Mariel Webinar Series - The Boatlift Unfolds: Perspectives from both sides of the Florida Straits


Thursday, August 13, 2020, 11:00am

This event is virtual and a portion will be presented in Spanish. To register, please click here.

Join us for the second in our webinar series addressing the antecedents, unfolding, and aftermath of the 1980 Mariel Boatlift. In this program, panelists will offer unique perspectives on the unfolding of the Mariel crisis itself—from its beginnings at the Peruvian embassy in Havana, to the arrival and detention of many Mariel migrants on far flung military bases across the United States. We will also hear detailed accounts of the mass rallies and “acts of repudiation” carried out in Cuba to denounce those choosing to depart, and we will explore how race and racism fed into these practices of internal stigmatization. Ironically, the denigration of Mariel migrants in Cuba would mirror the ways some would see and treat them in the United States.

Presented in collaboration with HistoryMiami Museum.