photo of Fatima Cortez Todd, Northwest NY CORE


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photo of Fatima Cortez Todd, Northwest NY CORE


This is a photo of Northwest New York CORE member Fatima Cortez Todd who was then known as Cathy Cortez. She is the daughter of the chapter’s chairman Marie Witherspoon.

Besides participating in Northwest NY CORE activities, she worked with CORE in Louisiana on voter registration and voter education literacy.

She identifies herself as a Nuyorican and has continued to work as a cultural activist and community organizer. Besides being a legal secretary, she also became a psychotherapist, two fields which she combined her other work as a performer, producer, and film maker.

She created an Art and Play therapy program for "bad boys" in 1965 at Lincoln Hospital Mental Health Services of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the South Bronx, NY.

She also founded the Mariposa Center for Spiritual Healing and Education, a co-founder of the National Network of Women's Funds and served on the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy CHD board, the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, and the Advisory Board for the Southern California Women's Law Center.

* much of this information was taken from a 2012 oral history interview published in 'The Nation's Longest Struggle: Looking Back on the Modern Civil Rights Movement' by the D.C. Everest school system of Wisconsin. 'This interview was conducted and edited by Junior and Senior High School students of the Everest system.'
The full transcript can be found on the Civil Rights Veteran's website -


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