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Nash, Diane

b. 1938

A Chicago native, Diane Nash became a leader of the Nashville sit-ins and a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while she was a student at Fisk University. In 1961, she joined the Rock Hill Nine students arrested for a South Carolina lunch counter sit-in who chose “jail not bail.” When the initial Freedom Riders were brutally beaten, Nash rallied Nashville students to continue the rides. She headed SNCC’s direct action campaigns, married activist James Bevel, and was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for contributing to the delinquency of minors. Pregnant, she refused to post bail; the judge suspended her sentence. In 1962, she joined Bevel as a field staff organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and worked on the Birmingham and Selma campaigns and the 1963 March on Washington. In 1965, the SCLC awarded Nash and Bevel their Rosa Parks Award. Nash is sometimes referred to as Mrs. James Bevel.

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Biographical Sketch of James Bevel

This one page biography summarizes the achievements of James Bevel, one of the founding members of SNCC. The biography highlights Bevel's involvement with civil rights drives in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, including the Freedom Rides and numerous SCLC action programs.

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Lincoln Memorial Program

This is the Lincoln Memorial program for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Notable leaders including Dr. King, Walter Reuther, and Whitney M. Young, Jr., will make remarks at the march. Also included is a list of demands, a joint statement from ten organizations and a map.