Also among the merits achieved as a result of his literary work, where he addressed with complete honesty the issues of race and gender inequality, where his novel The Color Purple stands out, and for his permanent claim to the case of the violent. and unjust economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States Government against Cuba.
The Haydeé Santamaría medal is awarded to citizens and groups of Cuba and other countries who, with a useful life and high-quality intellectual work over the years, have contributed to the goals aspired to by the Casa de las Américas, the development of true culture. in our America, and its integration through cultural means.
For his part, the American writer appreciated the decoration, the works of art provided, and the reception given again by the Cuban people and government on this visit to the island.
He praised Cuba’s resilience in the face of adversity and the impact of the blockade and recalled Haydeé Santamaría’s influence on Cuban history and culture, as well as the revolutionary legacy of his brother Abel Santamaría, one of the historic founders. attack on the Moncada barracks.
In her eulogy, award-winning Cuban poet Nancy Morejón highlighted Walker’s close connection to the island and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, as well as feminist activism and the struggle for peace.
He also highlighted the impact of this African-American writer’s literature around the world, his treatment of issues of racial, gender, and human rights in his work, and his commitment to fighting for the most vulnerable and oppressed
Cuban cultural personalities such as the president of the Casa de las Américas, Abel Prieto, and other relevant figures and scholars in this field participated in the award ceremony.
Walker attended the room of Che Guevara in the Casa de las Américas with part of his family and a delegation of about 70 writers and cultural promoters from the United States.
There, a meeting was held this Wednesday with this group from the Busboys and Poets Cultural Space (“Assistant Waiters and Poets”), which brings together writers, activists, thinkers, and dreamers of Cuban unity.