Cuban immigrant Evelio Grillo captures his childhood in Ybor City, Florida, a factory town populated by immigrant cigar-makers that has since faded away, and his eventual adoption by the African-American community during the Depression and service in World War II.
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Evelio Grillo is a longtime community organizer and political activist living in Berkeley, California. He attended Columbia University and holds a master’s degree from UC-Berkeley. He served in the U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Jimmy Carter, and received the National Urban Coalition’s award for community service. In his memoir, Black Cuban, Black American (Arte Público Press, 2000), he recounts his experiences growing up in various worlds in the early years of the twentieth century in Ybor City, Florida. He then tells of his eye-opening experiences as a soldier in an all-black unit serving in World War II.
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