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Diane Nash
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Nash in 2014
Born
Diane Judith Nash

May 15, 1938 (1938-05-15) (age 83)
Alma mater Howard University
Fisk University
Organization Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
Television Eyes on the Prize
A Force More Powerful
Freedom Riders
Movement Civil Rights Movement
Spouse(s)
James Bevel
(m. 1961; div. 1968)
Children 2
Awards Rosa Parks Award
Distinguished American Award
LBJ Award for Leadership
Freedom Award

Diane Judith Nash (born May 15, 1938) is an American civil rights activist, and a leader and strategist of the student wing of the Civil Rights Movement.

Nash's campaigns were among the most successful of the era. Her efforts included the first successful civil rights campaign to integrate lunch counters (Nashville); the Freedom Riders, who desegregated interstate travel; co-founding the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); and co-initiating the Alabama Voting Rights Project and working on the Selma Voting Rights Movement. This helped gain Congressional passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which authorized the federal government to oversee and enforce state practices to ensure that African Americans and other minorities were not prevented from registering and voting.

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