Visibly moved after receiving the Jose Marti Order, Armando Hart Davalos thanked Raul and Fidel Castro for the award and said that his only merit was to follow the ideas of Marti and Fidel
Awarded Order of José Martí to Armando Hart Davalos Photo: Raúl AbreuZoom
The Cuban Council of State has awarded the Jose Marti Order to outstanding Cuban intellectual and revolutionary Armando Hart Davalos on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
The award was presented by Cuban President Raul Castro to Armando Hart Davalos during the expanded meeting of the Council of Ministers which met for two days to assess the economic performance for 2010 and to discuss and approve the general guidelines for 2011.
The ceremony took place with the participation of members of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba, vice presidents of the Councils of State and Ministers, and National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon.
Hart Davalos thanked the gesture of Cuban President Raul Castro and of the leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro. He said his only merit was to follow the ideas of Marti and Fidel.
He underlined that Fidel and Raul have taught him that the most important priority is to work for the new generations in culture and political philosophy, under the Marti principle of with all and for the benefit of all.
Before the revolution which ousted President Fulgencio Batista, Hart studied to be a lawyer at the University of Havana. While there, he became politically active and would soon join Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in their fight against Batista. As Castro and Che Guevara were leading the guerrilla warfare in the Cuban mountains and jungles, Armando Hart Davalos became one of the main organizers of the revolutionary movement in the cities.
After the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on January 1, 1959, Armando Hart Davalos was named Minister of Education and later undertook important tasks in the Literacy Campaign. He has also been the minister of Culture and director of the Jose Marti Program Office and the Jose Marti Cultural Society, where he has worked over the last two decades.