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DiverseCity: Lorenzo Martinez on Being American

DiverseCity: Lorenzo Martinez on Being American

Houstonian Lorenzo Martinez is the author of "Cuba, Adios: A Young Man's Journey to Freedom," which tells the story of his escape from Cuba as a young man. (Photo: Edel Howlin, Houston Public Media)Houston resident Lorenzo Martinez talks about what being American means to him. Martinez was evacuated from Cuba as a young man when Fidel Castro came to power.

He tells his story in his book, Cuba, Adios: A Young Man’s Journey to Freedom.

This segment is part of DiverseCity, a year-long initiative looking at what Houston’s diversity really means for the city. We’ll be examining how it connects or divides us and how it shapes the nation’s fourth-largest city.

(Above: Houstonian Lorenzo Martinez is the author of “Cuba, Adios: A Young Man’s Journey to Freedom,” which tells the story of his escape from Cuba as a young man. Photo: Edel Howlin, Houston Public Media)

MORE: Houstonian Lorenzo Martinez Recalls Escaping Cuba As a Child (Houston Matters, Nov. 28, 2016)

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Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →