Question asked: Did the Young Lords Party influence your academic or professional career choices? In this clip Garden Acosta confirms that the Young Lords Party did influence his professional career choices. He tells us that while in seminary school he thought he would become a doctor priest. He recalls biology experiments he use to do and asserts that he was interested in science, medicine, and health. He reminisces about his experience leaving seminary school, declaring that he encountered a weird world where people acted as if they were immortal. When he become involved with the Young Lords Party, he shares that he was part of the education and health ministry, which revived his interest in medicine. He mentions Juan Gonzalez as a leading exponent in the YLP around Health issues. While involved with the YLP, Garden Acosta claims that he was part of the health promotion and awareness, focusing on prevention and asserting that the YLP felt they had a responsibility to keep people healthy and help the community understand how they were oppressed. He concludes this clip by sharing with us that while he was in medical school at Harvard, his daughter was ill for 5-6 months. He also tells us that he was the first Puerto Rican/Dominican males in history to attend the Harvard Medical school adding that he was one of 3 medical students in the country.
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