Armando Hart

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Armando Hart Dávalos (June 13, 1930 – November 26, 2017)[1] was a Cuban politician and a Communist leader. His grandfather was born in Georgia, USA and emigrated to Cuba as a child.

Armando Hart
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Armando Hart in Berlin in 1963.
Personal details
Born(1930-06-13)13 June 1930
Havana, Cuba
Died26 November 2017(2017-11-26) (aged 87)
Havana, Cuba
Spouse(s)Haydée Santamaría
RelationsAbel Santamaría (brother-in-law)
ChildrenCelia Hart (1963–2008)
Abel Santamaría Hart (1960–2008)


Before the Cuban 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, Hart went onto become one of the main organizers of the revolutionary movement in the cities. Among his other writings, he has given a very full account of events leading up to the Revolution of 1959 in his seminal work, Aldabonazo.[2]

When Batista was finally overthrown, Hart was made the first Minister of Education of the Revolution, and later served as the Minister of Culture (1976-1997), as well as a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba.

In January 2005, Hart wrote an article on Joseph Stalin, in which he denounced the ideas of Stalinism and its practice, while defending the ideas of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Fidel Castro, and Leon Trotsky.[3]

Armando Hart was the father of Celia Hart.

He became minister of culture since the creation of that ministry on 1976 to 1997. He was then appointed director of the Office of José Martí's Program. Hart was the president of the José Martí Cultural Society (Sociedad Cultural José Martí)[4] at the time of this death.

Orders and honorsEdit


  1. ^ "Armando Hart, historic Cuban Revolutionary figure, dies" (The Washington Post)
  2. ^ Hart, Armando, Aldabonazo, Inside the Cuban revolutionary underground, 1952-58, (edited by Mary Alice Waters), Pathfinder, New York, 2004 (1st Spanish edition, 1997)
  3. ^ Infto at
  4. ^ (in Spanish) José Martí Cultural Society website
  5. ^ "Raúl Castro awards Armando Hart Dávalos with José Martí Order" Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine (Juventud Rebelde)

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