Civil Rights Activist to Speak at ASU

SEPTEMBER 27, 2006 - Posted at 4:22 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Civil rights activist Diane Nash will speak at Arkansas State University next month.

Her presentation, "The Nonviolent Movement of the 1950s: A Legacy for Today" begins at 7 p.m. on October 5 in the Student Union Auditorium.  The event is co-sponsored by the university's Lecture-Concert Series and the ASU Office of Diversity.

Nash, leader of the 1960 sit-in movement which opened lunch counters in downtown Nashville to African-Americans, became involved in the nonviolent movement in 1959, when she was a student at Fisk University.  She was also a coordinator of the Freedom Ride from Birmingham to Jackson in 1961.  Nash was also appointed by President Kennedy to a national committee that promoted passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.