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Cuba Pays Tribute to Reverend Lucius Walker

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Cuba Pays Tribute to Reverend Lucius WalkerHAVANA, Cuba, Sept 7 (ACN) Representatives of the Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), religious leaders and US Medical students paid tribute on Thursday to Reverend Lucius Walker.

The work of the human rights activist, Pastor, creator of the Inter-Religious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) – Pastors for Peace – was recalled at the activity.

The President of ICAP and Hero of the Republic of Cuba, Fernando Gonzalez Llort referred to the efforts of Lucius in achieving the support of the churches to progressive organizations and the fight for social justice, mainly in the poor African American and Latino communities.

He commented that on November 20th, 1993, IFCO through Pastors for Peace stretched out its hand of solidarity to Cuba organizing the first Friendship Caravan.

The ICAP President pointed out that for Lucius the caravan was not an economic recovery but humanitarian aid that would also allow to promote the reality of Cuba to the people in the US and construct a movement that would fight for an end to the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the US against the Caribbean island for over 50 years.

He also mentioned that IFCO participated in actions for the return of Elian Gonzalez, joined the campaign for the release of the Cuban Five and made the dreams of Fidel Castro come true when Walker expanded the nationalities of the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM).

Cuban Reverend Raul Suarez, Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center said that IFCO emerged in the mind and heart of the US reverend who maintained close ties with communities and worked for the well-being of the peoples.

Gail Walker, daughter of Lucius and Executive Director of the Pastors for Peace Caravan expressed gratitude for remembering the work of the US activist and said she was a witness of his commitment as community organizer.

Gail expressed that one of the projects that Lucius contributed was the ELAM scholarship program in which several low income US students were able to study medicine in Cuba.

 

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