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Remembering Mario Cooper

Mario Cooper, right, speaks at Leading for Life symposium.
by Dr. Richard Marlink

We lost a giant in the fight against AIDS when Mario Cooper died on May 29, in Washington, D.C.

I first met Mario Cooper after Maurice Tempelsman, the Chair of HAI’s International Advisory Council, encouraged him to join the Council in the early 1990s. Mario and I and others then organized a policy and advocacy campaign of national African American leaders to be part of an awareness campaign. It was called Leading for Life. The campaign drew attention to the fact that since the beginning of HIV/AIDS in the U.S., minorities have been disproportionally affected by the epidemic. There were no focused efforts to curb AIDS in minority communities. Continue reading