Attorney, author, film director, and former representative to the New York State Assembly Nelson A. Denis was the featured speaker at Niagara University’s October Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion speaker event. The presentation on Oct. 27 was sponsored by the university’s Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board and Student Government Association.

Denis discussed his critically acclaimed book, “War Against All Puerto Ricans,” which tells the story of the attempted armed insurrection against the United States by the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico in 1950 through the life of Pedro Albizu Campos, who served as the president of the Nationalist Party.

The author of three novels, eight feature-length screenplays, and several plays and one-acts, Denis continues to write newspaper editorials and teaches writing through various college, theatre, and literary arts programs in New York City. He graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School, and was an attorney with the New York firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine. From 1996 until 2000, he represented El Barrio/East Harlem in the New York State Assembly.

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