639 N 25th Street, Central United Methodist Church, Milwaukee, 7 P.M.
Hear and meet Griselda Aguilera Cabrera, the youngest teacher in Cuba’s world recognized Literacy Campaign of 1961 & featured in the film “Maestra.” Milw. School Board member Tony Baez will welcome us all with a song & introduce this iconic Literacy Teacher and activist.
In 1961, revolutionary Cuba virtually ended adult illiteracy in one year. 100,000’s of students became teachers and partners with those who were not literate. Most of the literacy teachers were young women, and they were transformed by their experience. Featured in the renowned documentary “Maestra,” seven year old Griselda Aguilera Cabrera was the youngest of these teachers. “This experience was seared into me with such force that it defined my future. From that moment, I decided to dedicate my life to teaching.”
Now retired from her career as an educator, Griselda works with the Cuban Psychology Society’s Working Group on Identity and Diversity, in activities to combat homophobia, racial discrimination, prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS, and violence against women and girls. Cuba has meanwhile shared its teaching program, helping 8 million adults to become literate worldwide.
A dynamic and exciting presence, Griselda will speak in Spanish with interpretation in English, along with the award winning short documentary “Maestra.”
Come hear her story and that of a generation of young people, particularly women, whose lives were changed by helping to uplift the education of an entire nation.