New MAKER: Diane Nash

Hearing her story, it would be difficult for someone not to describe Diane Nash as courageous. And yet, she tells a different story in her MAKERS interviews. The Civil Rights Leader known for her role in The Freedom Rides, and desegregating lunch counters in Tennessee, claims that she was a reluctant leader, “I did not want to be chairperson. I was afraid to be chairperson.” Despite her initial anxiety, Nash’s leadership during the Civil Rights Movement made her a nationally recognized figure.


Find out more about Diane Nash by visiting her profile. Hear more about The Freedom Rides, and how she first encountered racial discrimination after being raised by her mother and grandmother to be blind to racism.