Lead: Poet, revolutionary, novelist, playwright, politician, martyr, José Martí, provided the theoretical underpinning for the Cuban Revolution in the 1890s and then with his own sacrifice, kicked it into life.

 Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

 Content: Ironically, all parts of the Cuban political spectrum, democrat to Marxist, look to José Martí as the inspiration of the Revolution. Beginning in the early 1890s he devoted all his energies to the cause of independence from Spain. He formed the Revolutionary Party and began recruiting the leadership for what was going to be a long struggle against the entrenched power of Spain and those Cubans allied by sentiment and economics to the island’s status quo.