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Ana Livia Cordero's medical bag, n.d.

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute


This worn medical bag represents the combined medical and political activism of Ana Livia Cordero (1931–1992). Born in Puerto Rico, Cordero earned an MD from Columbia University. In a lifetime of radical activism in Puerto Rico, the United States, and Ghana, she worked to bring medical care to women and the rural poor, with the Puerto Rican independence movement and black nationalist and neo-Marxist groups, and alongside antidraft activists during the Vietnam War. In this 1964 photograph, Cordero is with Malcolm X at the Cuban Embassy in Accra, Ghana.

Ana Livia Cordero Papers, Schlesinger Library

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Heather Min