Martí as depicted by José Luis Fariñas.

The commemoration, on January 28, of the 165th anniversary of the birth of José Martí, will represent the culmination of an intense month of activities in tribute to the national hero, involving a range of institutions.

The Martí Youth Movement, for example, as explained in a press conference by its President Yusuam Palacios, will take part in the traditional tours of the places visited by the Apostle, and host dialogues between different generations of Cubans, to emphasize the continued relevance of the national hero’s thought.

As part of the program of activities, the national tour “Con la luz de sus ideas” organized by the Young Communist League and the José Martí Cultural Society, will run January 10 to 27, beginning in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery, Santiago de Cuba, and concluding with the March of the Torches on the steps of the University of Havana. Twenty-five young people will be selected in each province to participate in this tour across the island, visiting sites linked to Martí.

January 26 through 28 will see the First International Meeting of Young Followers of Martí, which will be dedicated, among other figures, to Armando Hart Dávalos, and will be hosted by the Martí Studies Center (CEM).

Meanwhile, Miriam Egea, head of the Department of Marxism, Leninism and History, of the Ministry of Education, emphasized “the design of an action plan that has the purpose of orienting the study of Martí in all pedagogical and student collectives, whose essence will be adapted to the conditions of the institutions and their needs.”

Vice President of the José Martí Cultural Society and Hero of the Republic of Cuba, René González, announced the proposals of each of the organization’s branches throughout the country, and highlighted the presentation of issue No. 51 of the magazine Honda, and the presentation of awards.

Meanwhile, CEM Director Ana Sánchez emphasized the center’s research results and the holding of a solemn session, alongside the Academy of History of Cuba, with the theme José Martí: Patriotic Unity.

Also announced were various activities organized by the Martí Studies Department of the José Martí Military Technical Institute, the Museum of the childhood home of Martí, the José Martí Memorial and the Fragua Martiana Museum, as well as community performances by the José Martí Art Instructors Brigade.