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Diane Nash - Just one of many Freedom Riders...she did other courageous things, too. Plus, she did a lot for us here in/from Nashville.

from AARP

Photos of Female Civil Rights Leaders

Diane Nash (far right) was the key strategist behind the first successful campaign to desegregate lunch counters in Nashville, leader of the Nashville Student Freedom Ride campaign to desegregate interstate travel, and a founder of both the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Selma Voting Rights Campaign.

from Mashable

8 historic women who pioneered the Civil Rights Movement

Diane Nash was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960. Nash was also one of the organizers who brought MLK, Jr. to Montogomery, Alabama to support the Riders.

Ella Josephine Baker (December 13, 1903 – December 13, 1986) was an African-American civil rights and human rights activist beginning in the 1930s. She was a behind-the-scenes activist, whose career spanned over five decades. She worked alongside some of the most famous civil rights leaders of the 20th century, including W. E. B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolph, and Martin Luther King Jr. She also mentored such then-young civil rights stalwarts as Diane Nash, Stokely…


No discussion of the Civil Rights Movement would be complete without studying and discussing the work of Diane Nash. Born in 1938 to a middle class, Catholic family in Chicago and raised partially by her grandmother, she initially planned on becoming a nun, but decided instead to enroll in Howard Un...Diane Nash: Co-Founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee


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…