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OMSA Heritage Series: Diane Nash
Mon, April 10, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
Join us for an evening with one of the key leaders of the Civil Rights Movement: Diane Nash.
Diane Nash’s involvement in the nonviolent movement began in 1959 while she was a student at Fisk University. In 1960 she became the chairperson of the student sit-in movement in Nashville, Tennessee and was one of the founding students of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
In 1961 she coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi. Her 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 went on to join a national committee that promoted passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Nash later became active in the peace movement that worked to end the Vietnam War, and became an instructor in the philosophy and strategy of non-violence as developed by Mohandas Gandhi.
This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:00pm, and the program starts at 6:00pm.
Presented by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), Organization of Black Students (OBS), Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC), Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC), and School of Social Service Administration (SSA).