47min | English | 15 May 2019
A native of Petersburg, Virginia, Mr. Diamond joined the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG), the local chapter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, while a student at Howard University. Here, Mr. Diamond discusses his decision to join the freedom movement, his early work with NAG, his role in the sit ins and demonstrations that desegregated parts of Northern Virginia and Glen Echo, Maryland, the Freedom Rides, his experience as SNCC field secretary in the Deep South and lessons for contemporary and future student activists.
An interview with Dion Diamond for the Julian Bond Oral History Project, sponsored by the School of Public Affairs at American University. Conducted in Washington, D.C. by Gregg Ivers, Professor of Government at American University and Project Director, and Cameron Burns and Lawrence Holman, American University undergraduate students. This project documents the rise of Julian Bond from his early years in the Atlanta student movement to becoming a founding member and later communications director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to his rise to national prominence by 1968.
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Project Director: Gregg Ivers, Professor of Government, American University Research and Technical Support: Gracie Brett, Lianna Bright, Audra Gale and Colleen Vivaldi