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Not from Here, Not from There/No Soy de Aqui ni de Alla : The Autobiography of Nelson Diaz, Hardback Book

Not from Here, Not from There/No Soy de Aqui ni de Alla : The Autobiography of Nelson Diaz Hardback


Raised in the squalor of a New York tenement until he was 10 years old, Nelson Diaz saw his life change when his family moved to a brand-new high-rise project in West Harlem in the 1950s.

That experience, along with lessons learned as the only Latino law student at Temple University, would drive him throughout his life as a lawyer and activist, fighting for the expansion of rights for all Americans. "No soy de aqui ni de alla" is a mantra for Puerto Ricans who feel like foreigners wherever they are and who seek a place for themselves.

In his inspiring autobiography, Not from Here, Not from There, Diaz tells the story of his struggles and triumphs as his perspective widened from the New York streets and law school classrooms to the halls of power in Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

Whether as a leader in economic development, a pioneer in court reform, or a champion of fair housing, Diaz has never stopped advocating for others.

Diaz was happy to be the first Latino to "do something," but he never wanted to be the last.

This story of an outsider who worked his way to the inside offers powerful lessons on finding a place in the world by creating spaces where everyone is welcome.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
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  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9781439913604



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