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Diane Nash. One of the bravest and most inspiring leaders of the Civil Rights Movement

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7 Of The Most Unrecognized Women in Black History

Diane Nash - A leader & strategist of the student wing of the Civil Rights Movement, Diane Nash was a member of the Freedom Riders. She also helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) & the Selma Voting Rights Committee campaign, which helped blacks in the South to vote & have political power. A bright, focused, utterly fearless woman, with an unerring instinct for the correct tactical move at each increment of the crisis; a leader, with flawless instincts.


C.T. Vivian and Diane Nash lead a demonstration march to City Hall in Nashville, TN. Credit: The Nashville Tennessean


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Diane Nash singing with demonstrators in front of a Nashville police The Nashville Tennessean


50 years ago today: Civil Rights march broken up in Selma, Alabama, by state troopers. Long before Dr. King arrive, Diane Nash was there.


Civil Rights & Women's Rights

Diane Nash describes her involvement with integration at Fisk University in Nashville, TN in 1959 and with her leadership in the Freedom Rides, a campaign to desegregate travel. Her role in history often goes unnoticed (see MadameNoire pin), as does the source of her motivation. Nash discusses the influence of reading "The Feminist Mystique" and of thinking of oneself, as a woman, as a "substantial human being" who can indeed make an impact, overcoming fear and the violence of segregation.

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Harry Belafonte, Diane Nash

Musician and actor Harry Belafonte, Freedom Rider Diane Nash and Freedom Rider Charles Jones discussing the Freedom Riders movement, July 14, 1961.


Civil and Human Right Activist and activist mentor Ella Baker. She didn't consider herself a leader due to her philosophy; "..strong people don't need strong leaders." She led in the creation of 2 prominent Civil Right organizations; SNCC and SCLC, mentored younger activists including Diane Nash and Stokely Carmicheal, and worked with prominent figures and organization in Civil Rights (King, DuBois, Marshall. and Randolph) and the NAACP. She may not call herself a leader but I that's all I…


Diane Nash

Just stumbled upon these wonderful videos of Diane Nash speaking about her experiences! they are worth a watch.