Category: diplomat

Che Guevara photographed by René Burri, 1963.

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Che Guevara with his ex-wife

Hilda Gadea

and their daughter, Hildita, on

her 4th birthday in 1960.

Below is a letter he sent from the Bolivian jungle to Hildita for her 10th birthday on February 15, 1966:

Dearest Hildita,

I am writing you now, although you’ll receive this letter much later. But I want you to know that I am thinking about you and I hope you’re having a very happy birthday. You are almost a woman now, and I cannot write to you the way I write to the little ones, telling them silly things or little fibs.

You must know that I am still far away and will be gone for quite some time, doing what I can to fight against our enemies. Not that it is a great thing, but I am doing something, and I think you will always be proud of your father, as I am of you.

Remember, there are many years of struggle ahead, and even when you are a woman, you will have to do your part in the struggle. Meanwhile, you have to prepare yourself, be very revolutionary-which at your age means to learn a lot, as much as possible, and always be ready to support just causes. Also, obey your mother and don’t think that you know it all too soon. That will come in time.

You should fight to be among the best in school. The best in every sense, and you already know what that means; study and revolutionary attitude. In other words: good conduct, seriousness, love for the revolution, comradeship, etc.

I was not that way at your age, but I lived in a different society, where man was an enemy of man. Now you have the privilege of living in another era and you must be worthy of it.

Don’t forget to go by the house to keep an eye on the other kids and advise them to study and behave themselves. Especially Aleldita, who pays a lot of attention to you as her older sister.

All right, old lady. Again I hope you are very happy on your birthday. Give a hug to your mother and to Gina. I give you a great big strong one to last as long as we don’t see each other.

Your Papa

Fidel Castro at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem, September 1960.

After Malcolm X helped arrange his stay

in Harlem, Castro had a series of meetings held at the

Hotel Theresa.

Harlem was a more gracious host to Castro than high-society Midtown had been. Crowds gathered outside the Hotel Theresa, as the honored guest held court in his room. He received official visits from foreign leaders—like Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and New York NAACP President Joseph Overton.

When Castro was not invited to a luncheon given by Dwight D. Eisenhower for other Latin American leaders, he put together a lunch for the Hotel Theresa’s working-class black employees. The luncheon made for some great photo opportunities, giving Castro a chance to re-emphasize his preference for Harlem and its inhabitants over the fancier parts of Manhattan.

Che Guevara with his ex-wife

Hilda Gadea

and their daughter, Hildita, on

Hildita’s 4th birthday in 1960.

Below is a letter he sent from the Bolivian jungle to Hilda for her 10th birthday on February 15, 1966:

Dearest Hildita,

I am writing you now, although you’ll receive this letter much later. But I want you to know that I am thinking about you and I hope you’re having a very happy birthday. You are almost a woman now, and I cannot write to you the way I write to the little ones, telling them silly things or little fibs.

You must know that I am still far away and will be gone for quite some time, doing what I can to fight against our enemies. Not that it is a great thing, but I am doing something, and I think you will always be proud of your father, as I am of you.

Remember, there are many years of struggle ahead, and even when you are a woman, you will have to do your part in the struggle. Meanwhile, you have to prepare yourself, be very revolutionary-which at your age means to learn a lot, as much as possible, and always be ready to support just causes. Also, obey your mother and don’t think that you know it all too soon. That will come in time.

You should fight to be among the best in school. The best in every sense, and you already know what that means; study and revolutionary attitude. In other words: good conduct, seriousness, love for the revolution, comradeship, etc.

I was not that way at your age, but I lived in a different society, where man was an enemy of man. Now you have the privilege of living in another era and you must be worthy of it.

Don’t forget to go by the house to keep an eye on the other kids and advise them to study and behave themselves. Especially Aleldita, who pays a lot of attention to you as her older sister.

All right, old lady. Again I hope you are very happy on your birthday. Give a hug to your mother and to Gina. I give you a great big strong one to last as long as we don’t see each other.

Your Papa

Fidel Castro photographed by Lester Cole, 1959.

Malcolm X photographed by John Launois in Egypt, August 1964.

Che Guevara and Fidel Castro during

The Ernest Hemingway International Billfishing Tournament in Cuba on May 13, 1960.

Castro won the event, he caught a 54 pound marlin fish.

Muhammad Ali with Nigeria Ambassador to U.N. Simeon Adebo at the Nigerian mission office in New York City on March 4, 1964.

Adebo thanked Ali for befriending Nigerian boxer Dick Tiger and invited him to visit Nigeria. Adebo also encouraged him to accept the responsibilities that came with being champion, a champion recognized by black people all over the world. “You are not now what you were before the fight,” he said. As the champion of the world, Adebo advised, he possessed cultural power, the kind of power that could unify black people “in the name of world brotherhood.”

It was about this time that Malcolm X and Ali made plans to travel together worldwide.

Representative Adam Clayton Powell Jr. during a press conference at his Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, 1969.

Che Guevara photographed by Elliott Erwitt during an interview with Lisa Howard in Havana, Cuba, 1964.