Today marks the 87th birthday of Fidel Castro, former president of the Republic of Cuba. In January, 1959, Castro and the movement that he led overthrew the American-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista. He spent the next 50 years transforming Cuba into an independent country that today leads in education and healthcare. Castro stepped down from power in 2006, but still remains the vibrant inspiration for the Caribbean nation. As a champion of anti-racism, anti-sexism, and anti-imperialism, Fidel Castro also stands as a light for all peoples resisting domination throughout the world today.