Raised in the squalor of a New York tenement until he was 10 years old, Nelson Díaz saw his life change when his family moved to a brand new West Harlem high-rise project in the 1950s. Throughout his life, that experience, coupled with lessons learned as the only Latino student in his class at Temple University Law School, would drive him as a lawyer and an activist in his fight for the expansion of rights for all Americans.

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Nelson with his mother, father, and the brother that his mom adopted as an answer for the child she lost.

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President Carter and Vice President Mondale meet with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Nelson participates as Staff Assistant to VP Mondale and is photographed here with Congressman Garcia and Congressman Roybal.

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Press conference at Veterans Stadium for the Billy Graham Crusade with Nelson serving as Co-Chair alongside Rev. Bill Moore.