Event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.
Diane Nash, a Chicago native and a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement, will discuss what we can learn about civic engagement from the social movements of the 1960s.
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 documented in the recent PBS American Experience film Freedom Riders.
Diane Nash is the recipient of numerous awards, including the War Resisters’ League Peace Award; the Distinguished American Award presented by the John F. Kennedy Library; the LBJ Award for Leadership in Civil Rights from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum; and an honorary doctorate of human letters from Fisk University, her alma mater. Most recently, Nash delivered the 2009 Slavery Remembrance Day Memorial Lecture in Liverpool, England.
The “Civic Engagement & Democracy Lecture Series,” sponsored by the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) brings leading thinkers, scholars, and practitioners to UIC. The series fosters dialogue on important topics that further understanding about the role of the university in facilitating and promoting civic engagement and strengthening democracy.
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