in 1953 the National Theater at 14th and Pennsylvania reopened. it had been dark for 4 years because coloreds were not allowed in the audience and the artists refused to perform there under those conditions. the national integrated, the ban was lifted and the theater reopened.
so much was going on in cuba at this time also. batista returned from miami to stage a coup d'ete. all the gambling in florida was being shut down and it all relocated to habana. the hotels, nightclubs, prostitution all followed. someone i know got appointed to the supreme court of cuba and the family established residence in (habana)miramar neighborhood. shortly after i was born(1958) the parents legally separated and we moved with mommy to nyc.
my spiritual mama: