Join the University of Missouri in a 2016 celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with featured speaker and civil rights activist Diane Nash speaking on the topic “From Jail in Jackson to the Distinguished American Award: My Life as an Activist.” Nash’s nonviolent involvement in the movement began in 1959 while she was a student at Fisk University. In 1961, she coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi. Her many arrests for civil rights activities culminated in Nash’s 30-day imprisonment in 1961, while she was pregnant with her first child. Nash is the recipient of many awards for her activism, and her work has been cited in numerous books, documentaries and magazines.
This event is free and open to the public. Visit us at mlk.missouri.edu for more information.