Mr. Juan Diaz, Founder

Biography

Mr. Juan Diaz was born on January 19, 1922 in Cidra, Puerto Rico and died on January 15, 1997, in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He was leader of the Hispanic Community who was effective in creating positive social changes through various organizations that he organized and implemented. Mr. Diaz studied at primary and secondary schools in Santurce, Puerto Rico.

Mr. Diaz migrated to the mainland in his early 20's and served in the United States Army. He received a Purple Heart Medal for his courageous efforts during the Korean War. After the Korean War, Mr. Diaz served as a fireman in Puerto Rico and New Jersey.

When Mr. Diaz arrived to Chicago, Mr. Diaz became involved with the Caballeros de San Juan and served with the Brothers of God. He was the first Hispanic organizer for the Northwest Community Organization (N.C.O.). Mr. Diaz was the founder of the Latin American Boys Club in 1964, which was later renamed to Miguel Barreto Boys and Girls Club.

In 1966, Mr. Diaz organized the Spanish Action Committee of Chicago (S.A.C.C.) and in 1973 he organized Cultural Action Clubs Sons of the Caribbean (Accion Cultural Hijos del Caribe). In 1973, Mr. Diaz, organized the first procession of Holy Friday. In August, 1981, Mr. Diaz organized the Latin American Senior Citizens Hispanic Organization (L.A.S.C.O.).