Assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy John Seigenthaler recalls a phone conversation with Nash where he tried to dissuade the Nashville Freedom Riders from going to Alabama, warning of the violence ahead.
Nash replied that the Riders had signed their last wills and testaments prior to departure.
In his interview for Freedom Riders, Seigenthaler recalls,
"She in a very quiet but strong way gave me a lecture."
In 1961, some months after having been jailed for requesting lunch at a segregated lunch counter as one of "The Rockville 9," Diane Nash kept the freedom rides going after one the buses was burned by the KKK in Alabama...
Nash argued that it was their duty to continue. SNCC's Diane Nash played a crucial role in sustaining Freedom Rides initiated by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). From her base in Nashville, coordinated student efforts to continue the rides into Mississippi, recruited new riders, and served as a liaison between the press and the United States Department of Justice.
Nash played a key role in bringing Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to Montgomery, AL on May 21 in support of the Riders. Tensions developed between King and SNCC members, including Nash, when King refused to participate in the Freedom Rides himself. She herself was present for the violent siege on the First Baptist Church.
In 2015 she refused to participate in honoring the 50 year anniversary of the Selma because George W. Bush was present, representing the exact opposite of all we believe in. Listen to her speak here on her decision in March of 2015 and what she thinks it is going to take for us to go forward.
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