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(1962) Twenty-five happy Cuban refugee families are greeted by church leaders on their arrival in Chicago from Miami. They were on the second planeload of refugees to be airlifted from Florida to another American city for resettlement. The Chicago flight was part of a nationwide inter-religious effort called "Flights in Freedom" whose objective is to have 1,000 airlifts of Cuban refugees from Miami to 1,000 communities. Each of the families arriving here was sponsored by a Methodist congregation and arrangements for their resettlement were made in Miami through Church World Service, relief agency of the National Council of Churches. Shown shaking hands with one of the refugees is Methodist Bishop Charles W. Brashares of Chicago. At extreme right is Dr. Edgar H.S. Chandler, executive vice-president of the Church Federation of Greater Chicago. Back to camera is the Rev. Michael Pszyk, Spanish-speaking Methodist paster, who acted as chief interpreter. Religion News Service file photo.
*This day in history note: 1962 - Cuban missile crisis began as JFK becomes aware of missiles in Cuba