Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 pm
Oklahoma Christian University’s annual History Speaks event welcomes civil rights icons to share their experiences with our campus and community.
This year’s History Speaks program will feature civil rights and peace activist Diane Nash. She will speak on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 pm in Oklahoma Christian University’s Hardeman Auditorium. The lecture is free, but reservation for tickets is required.
A Chicago native who had never experienced segregation in public accommodations before moving to the South, Diane Nash went on to become one of the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement.
Nash’s involvement in the nonviolent movement began in 1959 while she was a student at Fisk University. In 1960 she became the chairperson of the student sit-in movement in Nashville, Tennessee—the first southern city to desegregate its lunch counters—as well as one of the founding students of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. In 1961 she coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi, a story which was documented in the recent PBS American Experience film Freedom Riders.
Past History Speaks guests have included Dr. Terrence Roberts and Carlotta Walls LaNier of the Little Rock Nine, as well as Claudette Colvin and civil rights attorney Fred Gray, who led the fight against bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama. Colvin was the first person arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus, preceding the Rosa Parks incident by nine months.