Miami Dade College West Pedro Pan exodus presentation 2016
Each year during Hispanic Heritage Month I am invited by Miami Dade College (MDC) to present to the students, faculty and staff the story of the Pedro Pan exodus. It is an honor for me and my Pedro Pan friends to share our story with the them. I thank MDC for giving us this opportunity.
Panelists: l-r: Eloísa Echazábal, Armando Vizcaíno, Juanita García, Javier Llorens.
A professor asking a question.
A student asking a question.
Juanita interacting with a student at the end of the event.
Panelists in front of the “Tres Patines” exhibit at MDC West.
Pedro Pan Exodus Presentation at the University of Maryland
As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, there was a Pedro Pan exodus presentation at the University of Maryland. It was an honor to be invited by President Javier Miyares of the University of Maryland/University College to present to the students, faculty and staff the story of the Pedro Pan exodus. It was especially meaningful since President Miyares is also a Pedro Pan.
Panelists: l-r: Eloísa Echazábal, Jay Castaño, Susana Gómez, René Costales.
At the podium: Blair H. Hayes, V. P. and Chief Diversity Officer.
On the screen: Javier Miyares, President
Prior to the annual get together on May 18, 2014, a group of Pedro Pans from the DC/MD/VA area attended religious services at St. John’s Church on LaFayette Square, where Rev. Luis Leon, a Pedro Pan, is the rector. Below the Pedro Pans who attended the service with Rev. Luis Leon in the center.
May 15, 2016 – The Pedro Pans from the Washington D.C./Virginia/Maryland area had a very nice reunion which took place in Susana’s condo party room, same location where the gathering took place last year. We had a super time socializing with friends and meeting new ones. The highlight of the reunion was the presentation by Emilio Cueto of the book he published about La Virgen de la Caridad, Patrona de Cuba. We all look forward to the next reunion.
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l-r: Standing: Jay Castaño, Emilio Cueto, Benny Prats, Luisa Duarte, Pastor Fariñas, Beatriz Casals, Sixto Aquino, Alejandro Tamargo, Manuel Jiménez, René Costales. Seated: Susana Gómez, Eloísa Echazábal (visiting from Miami), Mercedes Díaz Dash, Silvia Cerviño Calonje. Not in the picture: Alberto López Silvero.
May 3, 2011 – The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Latino Center presented a round table conversation on the legacy of Operation Pedro Pan, moderated by Dick Lobo, director of the International Broadcasting Bureau of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors. This event was the launching pad for the upcoming exhibit of the Pedro Pan exodus at the Smithsonian.
l-r: Pedro Pans Emilio Cueto and Eloísa Echazábal; Richard Lobo, Dir. of the Int’l Broadcasting Bureau of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors; Pedro Pan & prof. Univ. of Illinois Maria de los Angeles Torres, lecturer & Director Harvard Law School Jacqueline Bhabha.
Miami (AFP) – At the start of the Cuban revolution, Javier Llorens was one of thousands of children who left the island unaccompanied for the United States, thinking it would be temporary. Continue reading →
November 17, 2015 – Miami Dade College commemorated the 55th anniversary of the Pedro Pan exodus with a panel discussion. To make it even more significant, the panel was composed of Pedro Pans who were employees and retired employees of the institution. This event was attended by students, faculty, and staff of the College.
l-r: Dr. Mercedes Cros Sandoval, Dr. Celia Suárez, Eloísa Echazábal, Gil Duarte, Julio Borges.
A glass wall separated nine-year-old Mercedes Dash from her parents at Havana’s international airport. Clutching her new doll as she waved goodbye, Dash boarded a plane bound for Miami. For all she knew, she’d be back in Cuba in a few days. Continue reading →