Diane Nash became involved in the nonviolent Civil Rights Movement in 1959 when she was a student at Fisk University. She was the chairperson of a student sit-in in Nashville in 1960, the first southern city to desegregate its lunch counters, and she coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham to Jackson in 1961. John F. Kennedy appointed her to a national committee that promoted passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And all of this is recent enough in our nation's history that Nash is still out and about, talking about her experiences. She'll be at the Quick Center Thursday night as part of Fairfield University's annual commemoration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in which she'll have a moderated conversation with University students. But it's free, and open to the public.
The Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, 1073 N. Benson Road, Fairfield. Thu., Jan. 31, 3 p.m. Free. (203) 254-4010. quickcenter.com.