The Christopher Reynolds Foundation was established in 1952 by New York torch and blues singer Libby Holman Reynolds following the tragic death of her son, Christopher, in a mountain-climbing accident. Early CRF work focused on the economics of disarmament, theories of world government and racial justice. One of the Foundation’s first grants was to support the trip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to India to study the non-violent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. Early grants also went to the Highlander Research and Education Center and efforts supporting the Students National Coordinating Committee’s work on civil rights. Following the US normalization of diplomatic relations with Vietnam in 1995, the Foundation began to look at the parallels between the former embargo on Vietnam and current US policy towards Cuba. CRF began to support work to strengthen contacts and understanding between citizens and institutions in the US and citizens and institutions in Cuba, primarily in the areas of sustainability, social economy, agroecology and local development.