Luis Martinez' parents were 42 years old when Fidel Castro took over all the businesses, suppressed all media, outlawed religion and made life unbearable in Cuba. Luis' parents, Jose Luis and Zoila, sent Luis to the United States to escape Castro's militia, which was conspcripting all children 12 and older. Luis' parents left everything behind in Cuba - their house, car, furniture, every earthly possession, to start a new life in the U.S. Luis watched them as they struggled, and as they slowly but steadily overcame all adversities. His story is about how they worked and sacrificed to get Luis a pair of seven dollar sneakers. About TEDx, x=independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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