ERNESTO “CHE” GUEVARA
We have all seen the photograph. Ernesto “Che” Guevera portayed as the revolutionary leader in uniform, as if ready to pick up a gun and fight oppression at a minute’s notice. He is one of TIME magazine’s ’100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century’. He abandoned a comfortable life and medical career to revolt against a system in Latin America that kept the masses poor, sick and disenfranchised.
Che, as he is affectionately known, risked his life many times to spark revolutions in Latin and South America and Africa. He led several failed attempts to overthrow Belgian oppression in the Congo region of West Africa. Che sought ro reinvent man as a creature who loved his fellow man above material wealth. Like all revolutionaries, he was not without fault. He signed-off on executions of s0-called Cuban criminals without fair trials. Yet his life ended (with CIA assistnance) as he once again left his comfort zone to fight for his oppressed fellow man.
– JUNE 20, 2011