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Civil rights leader to speak at service honoring King

January 22, 2003

Austin Peay State University is holding a commemorative service for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The University also is holding a seminar focusing on the role of African-American women during the civil rights movement.

Diane Nash, an activist in the nonviolent civil rights and anti-war movements from 1959-1967, will talk to students about her experiences as a student at Fisk University. She also will discuss the role played by black women in the civil rights and anti-war efforts.
January 22, 2003

Austin Peay State University is holding a commemorative service for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The University also is holding a seminar focusing on the role of African-American women during the civil rights movement.

Diane Nash, an activist in the nonviolent civil rights and anti-war movements from 1959-1967, will talk to students about her experiences as a student at Fisk University. She also will discuss the role played by black women in the civil rights and anti-war efforts.

Nash has been a guest on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and “The Today Show.” She also appeared in the Spike Lee film “Four Little Girls,” as well as the award-winning Public Broadcasting System series “Eyes On The Prize.” Her work with the civil rights movement is discussed in more than 30 books, three hour-long television documentaries and numerous magazine and newspaper articles.

Nash will open the session to the public at 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, in the Haranbee room of the African-American Cultural Center, as she leads an informal discussion on student leadership and the roles student leaders play in the ongoing movement for civil and human rights.

“Ms. Nash cut her teeth as a student fighting for civil rights in the '60s,” says Dr. Jacqueline Wade, director of the African-American Cultural Center. “She wants to help other student leaders explore their roles and potential in helping to make the world a better place for all people.”

A commemorative program on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at 7 p.m. in the Clement Auditorium, with Nash as the keynote speaker. A reception will follow in the Haranbee room of the African-American Cultural Center.

For further information telephone the African-American Cultural Center at 7120.