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Civil rights leader to speak at Brenau
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Diane Nash
When: 7-8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville
How much: Free

In celebration of Black History Month, several Brenau University student organizations have joined to bring civil rights leader Diane Nash to the school’s campus on Thursday.

Nash helped organize the first student sit-in in Nashville, Tenn., in 1960 and later helped form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee .

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the student sit-ins, which led to the desegregation of public facilities like lunch counters.

“We hope that attendees learn that it is important to have courage every day, because we never know when we will have to step up to make a difference,” said Amanda Evans, Brenau junior and one of the event’s organizers.