On Tuesday, July 14, at 7pm, two young women from Wisconsin who are studying medicine in Cuba free of charge, will share their experiences and a slide show with anyone interested in their experiences and in potentially pursuing this opportunity in the future. Their presentation will take place at Milwaukee’s Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th St., and is open to the public. There is no charge, although donations be will gratefully accepted to defray their expenses, including for travel between the U.S. & Cuba.
There are about 100 U.S. students studying medicine in Cuba, as part of a program offered by the Cuban government, especially for students of color, in conjunction with the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus. They attend the Latin American School of Medicine with students from throughout the hemisphere and beyond. The only thing that Cuba asks in return is that the students promise to work as doctors in an underserved community in their home country. The U.S. admissions is handled by Pastors for Peace, which was founded by the late Rev. Lucius Walker, who was the first African American professional to work on Milwaukee’s south side, and later was the founding Executive Director of Northcott Neighborhood House in Milwaukee, before moving to New York. Both of the Wisconsin students are from Milwaukee originally.
The July 14th program is sponsored by the Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba, www.wicuba.org, (414) 273-1040, ext. 12. After their presentations and discussion, everyone is welcome help plan for participation in the July 25th Latino Carnival parade and Festival in Milwaukee; this year’s focus is on Cuba and other nations, based on the theme of the African Diaspora in Latin America.
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