It’s been over a half-century since the Cuban flag flew proudly over an embassy in Washington, D.C.
Though the flag had been lowered with twilight, the Cuban embassy is a true embassy, and not just an interests section, for the first time since 1961.
As the clock struck midnight on 16th Street in Washington, hardly a soul passed the embassy, save for myself and an African-American woman who asked if this was the Cuban embassy (and yes, she, too, was disappointed that the flag had been lowered with dusk).
Say what you will about US-Cuban relations, the Castros or US foreign policy, July 20, 2015 was a day to remember.
You can read Suffragio‘s coverage of Cuba (including my own trip to Havana two months ago) here:
Why normalization with Cuba will be harder than advertised
Interview: Talking to Cuban artist Tania Bruguera
Photo essay — Cuba on the cusp… but for what kind of future?
Obama’s move to remove Cuba from terror list was long overdue
Six key questions about the landmark Cuba deal
A public interest theory of the continued US embargo on Cuba