In January 1966, as a result of evolving spatial and ideological configurations, the first Tricontinental Conference took place in Havana, Cuba. This meeting, which Fidel Castro described as unprecedented in terms of “breadth” and “magnitude,” led to the creation of the Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa, and Latin America (OSPAAAL). This presentation will trace the growing presence of Latin America and the Caribbean in anti-imperialist solidarity efforts that were initially comprised of people from Africa and Asia. I will discuss activists such as Dr. Ana Livia Cordero, a Puerto Rican physician based in Ghana who facilitated crucial connections between movements and nations. I will consider debates that motivated and emerged from alliance-building, and also the sequence in which countries joined tricontinental efforts. My goals are to reveal the role of interpersonal and geopolitical forces in the creation of political relationships, and the discursive ways in which an anti-racist, anti-capitalist, and anti-colonial vision was mobilized in order to forge and sustain material, tricontinental bonds during the Cold War.
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