Gustavus will host Diane Nash, a pioneer in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, for the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture. Nash’s lecture is titled “Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement.” 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 as well as one of the founding students of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. During the spring of 1961, Nash played a crucial role in sustaining Freedom Rides initiated by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture is an annual event on the Gustavus campus that has previously drawn prominent speakers such as Taylor Branch, the Rev. C.T. Vivian, and Bernard Lafayette Jr. This year’s lecture will be held on January 20, 2014, at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. The lecture is free and open to the public.