6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT March 18, 2014
Location: Dunning Memorial Chapel, Chapel
Diane Nash, a civil rights pioneer who was instrumental in the Nashville sit-in movement and a key coordinator of the 1961 Freedom Rides, will visit Alma College to speak about her experiences.
Diane Nash will engage our campus in a discussion about “Women in the Civil Rights Movement”. This event will take place at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, in the Dunning Memorial Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow her public talk.
Nash’s involvement in the nonviolent movement began in 1959 while she was a student at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. In 1960 she became the chairperson of the student sit-in movement in Nashville — the first southern city to desegregate its lunch counters — as well as one of the founding students of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In 1961 she coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Ala., to Jackson, Miss., a story that was documented in the recent film “Freedom Riders” by PBS and American Experience.
Nash’s many arrests for her civil rights activities culminated in Nash being imprisoned for 30 days in 1961, while she was pregnant with her first child. Undeterred, she later was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to a national committee that promoted passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.