Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Dr. King response & Diane Nash
What meant the most in "Letter from Birmingham Jail" was when Dr. King spoke of a world were freedom of choice is necessarily no matter what race or religious ties a person has. "We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntary given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed" (403). King explains that through indirect action it grabs the attention for purpose and change. The reading of the clergy men also puts forth a sense of fighting for equality and support for civil rights, but the clergy men didn't get involved at all, but was more like a bystander.
Diane Nash was notably one of the leading women who helped push the civil rights movement. Diane was from Chicago and went to college in Tennessee, experiencing the racial segregation, Diane had to do something about it. She saw that non-violence was the best way to settle segregation when she founded the Student Non-Violence Coordinating Committee. She organized sit-ins at lunch counters and have been arrested and jailed several times. She also organized the freedom riders. She worked with Dr. king in letting the freedom riders come all the way to Alabama. Diana also lead marches for voting rights in Alabama called the Selma Campaign.