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José "Chico" Diaz interview, 2017-12-15

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc002_05.wav

Scope and Contents

José Diaz discusses moving to the US at age 15, his recovery from polio, Mount Pleasant in the 1980s, tensions between latino and african-american youth, the Mount Pleasant riot, and community-police relations.


  • Creation: 2017-12-15


Biographical / Historical

José (Chico) Diaz has been affiliated with the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) for over two decades as a participant in its youth programs and later as an employee. As a child in El Salvador, Mr. Diaz battled polio while living in a zone of conflict between guerrilla and military forces. He arrived in Washington, DC, attended DC public schools, and has since made the District his home. Mr. Diaz is the Director of Information Technology at LAYC.


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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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