Civil Rights Movement leader, Diane Nash asserts in an interview: "I never considered Martin Luther King my leader. I was considered myself at his side and I considered him at my side." Although King has been historicized to be the glue that held the movement together, people of the time did not always position him as the leader of the Movement, instead another being struggling to assert their own validity in society.
Diane Nash A leader and strategist of the student wing of the Civil Rights Movement, Diane Nash was a member of the infamous Freedom Riders. She also helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Selma Voting Rights Committee campaign, which helped blacks in the South get to vote and have political power.
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.
No discussion of the Civil Rights Movement would be complete without studying and discussing the work of Diane Nash. Born in 1938 to a middle class, Catholic family in Chicago and raised partially by her grandmother, she initially planned on becoming a nun, but decided instead to enroll in Howard Un...Diane Nash: Co-Founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee