Radio Borinquen: Alejandro Carasco interviews Jesse Jackson about the 1991 Mount Pleasant riots
Anacostia Community Museum
Jackson, Jesse 1941-
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On May 5, 1991, Daniel Enrique Gomez was shot by a Washington, D.C police officer. This incident sparked a series of riots that lasted two nights within the predominantly Latino neighborhoods of Mount Pleasant, Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan. On May 7, 1991, Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon held a news conference. Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson arrived to join the Latino community leaders in a protest march. The Mount Pleasant riots caused the city and police to reconsider their relationship to the Latino community. As a result of the riots, The Latino Civil Rights Task Force was created 1991 to represent the voice of Latinos and protect their rights. In addition, Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon established a Spanish speaking police unit. In the 1980's and 1990's, two popular Spanish radio stations that served Washington, D.C.'s Latino communities were Radio Borinquen and Radio Mundo. Alejandro Carasco worked for Radio Borinquen from 1985-1996. Borinquen is the Taíno name of Puerto Rico. Taínos are the indigenous natives of Puerto Rico.
Black Mosaic Research Project, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution