Jose Marti, Cuban Revolutionary

January 28, 1853 is the birthday of the poet and essayist Jose Marti, who founded the Cuban Revolutionary Party and led the struggle for independence from Spain.  During his exile from Cuba due to his revolutionary politics, Marti spent about 15 years in the US, mostly in New York.  His political writings stress both socioeconomic and liberal justice.  In an almost Hollywood ending, he died on May 19, 1895, charging on a white horse against Spanish forces.