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US Writer Margaret Randall Awarded Haydee Santamaria Medal

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Boston, United States.- US writer and activist Margaret Randall received on Monday in this city the Haydee Santamaria Medal granted by the Council of State of Cuba to foreign intellectuals.

The author of books such as To Change the World: My Years in Cuba, and Exporting Revolution: Cuba’s Global Solidarity, was awarded the recognition during the congress’s 37th edition of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), which concludes today in the capital of Massachusetts after four days of activities.

Authorities of Casa de las Americas, an institution headquartered in Havana whose first director was the Cuban revolutionary Haydee Santamaria, gave the distinction to Randall at the end of a panel on the important literary magazine Feathered Horn, of which the US writer was co-editor.

The medal recognizes her prestige in the cultural and artistic world, and her great work over the years, which has contributed to make the objectives with which Casa de las Americas works since its foundation, as expressed in the resolution signed by the Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

In statements to Prensa Latina, the writer said that the medal received today means the accumulation of her work life, ‘which has not ended yet but it is a recognition that I thank and push me to continue working and fighting,’ stated the woman who had lived in Cuba from 1969 to 1979, after being forced to leave Mexico for her opposition to the Tlatelolco massacre.

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