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
Diane Nash was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960. She coordinated and monitored lunch counter sit-ins and freedom rides. Nash was also one of the organizers who brought MLK, Jr. to Montogomery, Alabama to support the Riders. Nash was prominently featured in Selma, played by actress Tessa Thompson.
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.
Civil rights activist Diane Judith Nash was born on May 15, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois to Leon Nash and Dorothy Bolton Nash. Nash grew up a Roman Catholic and attended parochial and public schools in Chicago. In 1956, she graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois and began her college career at Howard University in Washington, D.C. before transferring to Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Matthew Walker, from left, Peggy Alexander, Diane Nash and Stanley Hemphill, eat lunch at the previously segregated counter of the Post House Restaurant in the Greyhound bus terminal in Nashville, Tenn. on May 16, 1960. This marked the first time since the start of the sit-in that blacks have been served at previously all-white counters in Nashville.(Photo: Gerald Holly, The Tennessean)