Interview with Diane Nash

150 FEET REMAINING ON CAMERA ROLL 354. [unintelligible].

Diane Nash:

One of the things I remember about the bi-racial committee was that the students managed to move so fast that other forces in the community couldn't keep up with us. At that time, we would have meetings at six in the morning, before class, for those of us that had eight o'clock classes. And then we'd meet again in the afternoon. And we received word that the bi-racial committee had issued their report one night. We received word one night, and formulated our response to it almost immediately. And it was very clear, we didn't have a hard time debating what would—the response of the committee had been that blacks and whites start at opposite ends of the lunch counters, and fill inward. And we were clear on that, that was still treating blacks and whites as though blacks were somehow inferior. We were just not free to go and sit down and be served, like anyone. And so we immediately decided to begin sitting-in. So, elements in the community that would have supported that position, didn't even have a chance to say, "Well, we think this is a responsible kind of workable situation." It wasn't, and we moved on it. And I loved the energy that that kind of feeling, like we right, feeling prepared to put our whole selves into what was right, gave us.