Interview with Diane Nash
QUESTION 37
INTERVIEWER:

WHY DID YOU, WHY DID YOU THINK YOU HAD TO CONTINUE RIDES THEN?

Diane Nash:

You know, if the Freedom Ride had been stopped as a result of violence, I strongly felt that the future of the movement was going to be, just cut short. Because the impression would have been given that whenever a movement starts, all that has to be done is that you attack it, massive violence and the, the blacks would stop. ** And I thought that was a very dangerous thing to happen. So, under those circumstances, it was really important that the Ride continue. And again, part of the non-violent strategy understands that when that type of negative image is directed at you, one of the important things to do is find ways to convert it to, to positive energy, which we were able to do as a result of continuing.