August 6 in Havana, a delegation from the Center of Cuban Studies in New York and of the Montclair Art Museum presented the Nelson Mandela Prize to the Cuban Five, three of who remain unjustly imprisoned in the United States.
At the Cuban Friendship Institute headquarters, Sandra Levinson, director of the Center of Cuban Studies presented the award to two of The Five, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez - released from prison after serving their full sentences - and Mirta Rodriguez, mother of Antonio Guerrero, one of the Cuban heroes who, along with Ramon Labañino and Gerardo Hernandez, remain incarcerated.
The acknowledgement, established by the Geller Foundation of Philadelphia, a non-governmental institution, consists in a plaque and cash prize to honor persons best representing the qualities of the late South African leader, and this is the first time it has been awarded.
Accepting the prize, Fernando Gonzalez, vice-president of ICAP, thanked the group and announced the decision made by the antiterrorist fighters and their relatives to donate the cash prize to the International Committee to Free the Five, to be used in the struggle for the return to Cuba of Ramon, Gerardo and Tony.
Present in the ceremony were Adriana Perez, wife of Gerardo Hernandez, as well as ICAP leaders and other guests.
The delegation of the Center of Cuban Studies and the Montclair Art Museum is includes 25 persons from New York and New Jersey, where the Montclair museum is located, many of which are interested in learning more about the African roots of Cuban culture.