Sometimes it seems that the heroes in our time no longer exists. No one disputes, many years ago they lived and acted in the history of the many examples of exceptional heroism. But today, in relatively calm and peaceful times, there seems to be some heroes nowhere to prove it. Heroes and superheroes ' live ' only in comic books and movies. Is this true? Perhaps there are heroes in the twenty-first century? And how to distinguish genuine hero from an imaginary? And, finally, the main question - how to become a hero?
Of how to be a hero you can't say anything. Because it is impossible to make any algorithm or script, but people who are heroes are all around us. These heroes, as all of us go to work, spend time with family, and live ordinary life. However, in cases of unforeseen dangers they can instantly respond to concentrate and the surest way to protect others and totally unconcerned about their life and health.
One of the heroes who might be unknown to many people, but who actually made a lot of contribution to influence others and make a change is – Diane Nash, feminist activist, leader, and the hero of Civil Rights Movement.
Diane Nash was raised in Chicago and attended Howard University, as she moved to the Nashville, Tennessee she attended Fisk University and from that moment he life began to have change. As we all familiar with the U.S. history civil rights movement began from 1954 to 1965 this period of time sometime is called: “Heroic” Period of Civil Rights Struggle. When Nash moved to Nashville, she began to see deference from where she came from, which is the segregation, separation of blacks and whites and shelve never faced this inequality in her life. However, this is the not a major reason that lead to her heroism, she was angry that people weren’t doing anything.
In 1960 she joins SNCC organization, which was a student council of nonviolence, this “workshops led by James Lawson, a student of Mahatma Gandhi's theories of nonviolent resistance. Skeptical at first, Nash found the concept of moral resistance highly compatible with her strong religious beliefs and came to embrace nonviolence as a way of life” stated the author of the article. As we can see it became a chain of influence that started from Gandhi then from Lawson to Nash and she then with the influence of much stronger and powerful leaders lead to changes in society. Diane Nash was then elected as a chairperson and a spokesperson in this organization. As a strong activist and leader she faced a lot of obstacles in her pathway one of this struggles was her and ten others students arrest “for civil rights activities and refused the opportunity for bail”. Each member gave a trust word that even if they will be attacked they won’t use violence; they wanted to build a community of equality and liberation. The purpose of this organization to unite people who share same problem of segregation and violence toward them.
1963 Freedom Summer and Freedom Rides began and Nash was of the representative, and then it leads to another program that is CORE. CORE organization was also about desegregation, and fight for student’s rights and for their access to the higher education. Diane Nash also focused on gaining more rights, to balance the equality between race, gender, and status in society. However, those times weren’t the easiest time, they were very harsh and dangerous due to the organizations who didn’t accept it such us KKK and other mobs.
“Leaving Fisk to devote herself full-time to the movement, Nash played a pivotal role as coordinator of the SNCC Freedom Rides, serving as liaison with governmental officials and the press” stated the author of the article.
Later she married a man who was also an activist, and together with each others support they continued their role as a heroes of history, as those most powerful and spiritual people who made a lot of contribution to society putting in danger their life.
Diane Nash was never had a desire to become of the key figures in Civil Rights Movement, the issues of discrimination, segregation, and denial of rights made her take an advantage to change it. With the help of other people who inspired her who influenced her to make contribution influential, the became more stronger, as a female activist it was very hard for her to reach success, but each change never happens immediately it takes time so did the work of Diane Nash. Only in 1964 the government passed Civil Rights Act about ending discrimination, segregation and inequality of race and gender. With all the contributions she made, Nashville became the first southern state that ended segregation. Nash’s valuable work spread through out the country and other activist began to use her ideas of pursuing and change.
The connection that I am drawing between this article and the essay #2, of how people change while they are being influenced or inspired by other people whom they see as a role model, as a powerful person. In order to be a hero its not always means that these characters have to be from the movies or some fantasy, and as according to Linda Seger who wrote an article on “Creating a Myth” and she provides us with the steps that each hero is taking. In real world most of the heroes don’t go through this cycle of heroism. But, in all these stories real of fantasies lays a lesson that teaches and showing us that to be a hero is never an easy step in life, it always dangerous and it takes a lot of courage to do certain things, especially to change.
McNeill, Lydia, and Robyn Spencer. "Nash, Diane." Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. Ed. Colin A. Palmer. 2nd ed. Vol. 4. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006. 1578-1579. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 5 Feb. 2014.
Seger, Linda. “Creating the Myth”. Reading Pop Culture, Portable Anthology. Ed. Jeff Ousborne. Boston, New York, Bedford/St. Martin’s. 2013. 334-345 Print.