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Ana Livia Cordero

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Name  Ana Cordero

Died  1992
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Full Name  Ana Livia Cordero
Born  July 4, 1931 (1931-07-04) Santurce, Puerto Rico, United States
Nationality  Puerto Rican / American
Occupation  Doctor and Civil Rights activist.
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Ana Livia Cordero (July 1931 – 1992) was a Puerto Rican doctor and political activist.


Early life

Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Cordero lived on the island and in New York City. Both of her parents were professors at the University of Puerto Rico. In New York she met civil rights activist Julian Mayfield, whom she married in 1954. They had two children.


Cordero and Mayfield moved to Puerto Rico in 1954, where they lived until 1959. In Puerto Rico, she conducted a Rockefeller-funded research study to determine how to provide adequate medical care to poor rural dwellers. In 1960 they traveled to Cuba. In 1961 they moved to the newly independent Ghana, inspired by the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah. While in Ghana, Cordero ran a women’s health clinic and served as W.E.B. Du Bois’ physician, tending him until his death in 1963. She was affiliated with the National Institute of Health and Medical Research, Accra. While living in Ghana, Cordero and Mayfield separated. Mayfield left the country in 1966, and Cordero was expelled shortly after that, eventually returning to Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico she continued her work as a doctor and political activist. She advocated Puerto Rican independence, and she was one of the representatives of the Pro-Independence Movement to the 1966 Tricontinental Conference in Havana, Cuba. She was arrested for her activism in 1968. Her group maintained active contact with the African American liberation movement on the mainland. In 1978 she was involved in protesting the Cerro Maravilla murders.


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