Lead: Of the leaders that secured Cuban freedom from Spain none ranks higher in respect and admiration than Don José Julián Martí y Pérez. Among the people he was known as the Apostle of Independence.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Martí was born in Havana in 1853, the son of sergeant in the Spanish army’s Royal Artillery Corps. By the time he was a teenager, the differences between Father and son over many issues such as slavery were apparent. Martí despised the cruelty in the institution of slavery. He returned to Cuba for his schooling.