Rights Activist Diane Nash Will Discuss Martin Luther King's Legacy
January 8, 2002--
Diane Nash, a prominent civil rights activist who helped
start the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960,
will talk about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the
University of Virginia on Monday, Jan. 27.
lecture is titled “Charismatic Leadership Has Not Freed African-Americans
and It Never Will.” In conjunction with the national holiday
honoring King the week before, the lecture will be at 7 p.m. in
the Newcomb Hall Ballroom.
became involved in the nonviolent movement in 1959 while a student
at Fisk University and coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham,
Ala., to Jackson, Miss., in 1961. President John F. Kennedy appointed
her to a national committee that promoted passage of the Civil Rights
Act in 1964. She was arrested numerous times for her civil rights
activities and spent time in a Mississippi jail while pregnant with
her first child.
Holt, director of U.Va.’s Office of Equal Opportunity Programs,
said, “We are excited and honored to have a woman of Ms. Nash’s
stature offer a perspective on Dr. King’s legacy, informed
by her own participation in the historic struggles of the civil
rights movement in the 1960s.”
offices of Equal Opportunity Programs, African-American Affairs
and Vice President for Student Affairs are sponsors of the event
along with the offices of the President, the Darden School, the
Center for Religion and Democracy and the Women’s Center.
role in activism was included in the Public Broadcasting System’s
award-winning series, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s
Civil Rights Years - 1954 to 1965.”
was a leader in a student sit-in movement in Nashville, spurring
that city to desegregate its lunch counters. She also helped start
the Right to Vote movement in Selma, Ala., which played a major
role leading to the Voting Rights Act. In 1965, King presented her
with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s highest
a resident of Chicago, Nash works in real estate in addition to
lecturing at colleges and universities around the country.
Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629