A Park, A Dream
A Park, A Dream / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta
14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta, Havana, 17 January 2017 — The neighbors of
Martin Luther King Jr. Park have long cherished the dream of seeing a
renewal for this piece of calm located in the middle of the hustle and
bustle of 23rd Street in Havana’s Vedado district.
After years of deterioration, the small square began to be repaired in
the middle of December, but the delay in the works prevented its being
ready this Sunday, the 88th birthday of the United States preacher.
Difficulties in the supply of building materials and instability in the
workforce have delayed the restoration beyond the date planned. A
gardener from Community Services working in the green areas of the park
told 14ymedio that new date could be before the end of this week, but
did confirm the day.
Martin Luther King Jr. has been an admired figure on the Island not only
among Protestants and the Afro-descendant community, but also among
dissidents. The park dedicated to him is a frequent meeting point for
activists and a place to demand respect for human rights.
The park that bears his name is about to reopen, but his dreams of
freedom and understanding seem far from being realized for Cubans.
Source: A Park, A Dream / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta – Translating Cuba –