Some 1,000 people are expected at Havana’s Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso for the most important speech of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. He will speak directly to the Cuban people about the complicated history of U.S.-Cuba relations, as well as his vision for the future.

Obama heads to Cuba on Sunday on the first trip by a sitting U.S. president to the island in nearly 90 years. The last American president to visit Cuba was Calvin Coolidge, who arrived in a battleship.

“We see the speech as a unique moment, obviously, in the history of our two countries,” Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser and one of the architects of the new Cuba policy, said Wednesday. The speech will be addressed to both Cubans on the island and the Cuban diaspora.

On Wednesday, Obama met at the White House with a group of 16 Cuban Americans to hear their views on the issues they thought should be stressed during his visit. They included Emilio Estefan; healthcare executive Mike Fernandez; Jorge Mas, chairman of MasTec and the Cuban American National Foundation; Carlos Saladrigas, chairman of the Cuban Study Group; Silvia Wilhelm, executive director of Puentos Cubanos; former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez; and Ric Herrero of CubaNow...



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