For the last day of Latinx Heritage Month, The Root is highlighting Mariana Grajales Cuello, the “Mother of Cuba.” This Afro-Cuban woman helped lead the fight against Spanish rule on the island and lost everything in her fight for the freedom of Afro-Cubans.

“Mi Gente Afrodescendiente” (My People of African Descent) is a series that sheds light on Afro-Latinx figures whose stories are often left out of our history books. Watch Episodes 1 and 2.


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