Diane Nash

Activist, Leader, Fighter

Who is Diane Nash?

Diane Judith Nash, born May 15, 1938. Raised in a middle-class Catholic family in Chicago, Nash attended Howard University before transferring to Nashville's Fisk University in 1959. By 1961, Diane Nash had become one of the most respected student leaders of the sit-in movement in Nashville, TN. It was in Nashville where she was first exposed to the Jim Crow laws and the effects it had on the lives of Blacks. There she became a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in April 1960 and an important part in the Selma Voting Rights Movement.