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Diane Nash. One of the bravest and most inspiring leaders of the Civil Rights Movement


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…

from MadameNoire

7 Of The Most Unrecognized Women in Black History

Diane Nash - A leader & strategist of the student wing of the Civil Rights Movement, Diane Nash was a member of the Freedom Riders. She also helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) & the Selma Voting Rights Committee campaign, which helped blacks in the South to vote & have political power. A bright, focused, utterly fearless woman, with an unerring instinct for the correct tactical move at each increment of the crisis; a leader, with flawless instincts.

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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.

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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.


Civil Rights & Women's Rights

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.


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…

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Doodle-Worthy Women of May

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Harry Belafonte, Diane Nash

Musician and actor Harry Belafonte, Freedom Rider Diane Nash and Freedom Rider Charles Jones discussing the Freedom Riders movement, July 14, 1961.


Until the killing of black men, black mother's sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's son, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.