Civil Rights leader Diane Nash speaks at Fisk University

Diane Nash (Photo: WKRN)
Diane Nash (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Thursday was a big day for a local university as students got to hear from Civil Rights leader Dianne Nash.

Nash was born in Chicago but went to Fisk University in the 1960s. She says that’s where she experienced Jim Crow laws for the first time.

Nash became a leader of Nashville’s sit-ins while a student here and shared her experience with students Thursday during a convocation.

“I know very often we’d have meetings. We’d meet all evening. If we didn’t get finished with what we needed to do, people had 8 o’clock classes, so we’d call for a meeting for 6 a.m. and meet until people had to leave for their 8 o’clock class. It was quite a challenge,” she explained.

In her 20s, Nash also participated in Freedom Rides throughout the South and was also a part of the marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

(Courtesy: Nashville Public Library)
(Courtesy: Nashville Public Library)