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April 18, 2017

Emmanuel College Dorothy Day Lecture Series Welcomes Civil Rights Leader Diane Nash

Emmanuel College Dorothy Day Lecture Series welcomes Civil Rights Leader Diane Nash

Diane Nash

A leader in the nonviolent movement for civil rights and social justice since the 1950s, Diane Nash will be the featured speaker at Emmanuel College's 2017 Dorothy Day Lecture Series. Each year, the lecture series presents speakers who are role models for contributing to positive social change.

Nash was a founder of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and an associate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Her successful social justice campaigns were instrumental to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Over the years, Nash has received dozens of awards for her commitment to civil rights, and her work has been featured in the films "Eyes on the Prize," "Freedom Riders" and Spike Lee's "Four Little Girls." 

Drawing on her years of experience, Nash will deliver a lecture entitled "Lunch Counter Sit-Ins to Black Lives Matter: Reflections on the trajectory and future of activism for social justice." Her talk will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall, Cardinal Cushing Library at Emmanuel College. A reception will follow.

The lecture is free for Emmanuel College students, faculty and staff. The lecture is open to the general public. Tickets are available for $25.00. To register, click here or contact the Emmanuel College Office of Development & Alumni Relations at 617-735-9771.

The annual Dorothy Day Lecture Series was launched in 2013 by the Emmanuel College Class of 1971 to honor liberal arts as the foundation and inspiration for meaningful social action. The goal of the lecture series is to encourage ongoing engagement with issues of social justice among students, alumni and the general public. The series is named for Dorothy Day, a courageous 20th-century woman of faith who dedicated her life to the struggle for economic and social justice. Past speakers include Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating, and the Reverend Liz Walker, community activist and former WBZ-TV anchor.