Activist Diane Nash Explains Why She Chose Not to March in Selma This Week

Diane Nash is a shero to anyone familiar with her extraordinary life and work. Nash, an architect of Freedom Summer, while she was a student at Fisk University was also on the ground in Selma, Alabama more than 50 years ago.

Nash spoke with NewsOne's Roland Martin about why she chose not to participate in the commemorate march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge along with former presidents and other "foot soldier" like Rep. John Lewis and Amelia Boynton.

I refused to march because George Bush marched.

I think the Selma Movement was about nonviolence and peace and democracy and George Bush stands for just the opposite—for violence and war and stolen elections...George Bush's administration had people tortured, so I felt like this was not an appropriate event for him. I'm also concerned that the legacy of the Selma Movement, which stands for non violence, will be confused. I did not wish to be a part of something that included him.
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