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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.


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.


Diane Nash singing with demonstrators in front of a Nashville police The Nashville Tennessean


Diane Nash

Just stumbled upon these wonderful videos of Diane Nash speaking about her experiences! they are worth a watch.


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…