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Diane Nash Didn’t Go to Selma Because of Bush

A lot of Civil Rights leaders and politicians marched this past Saturday in Selma, but one notable absence during the 50th anniversary of Blood Sunday was that of Civil Rights icon Diane Nash.

Nash, who was one of the march’s architects and a crucial part of the Civil Rights movement, didn’t join Rep. John Lewis and President Barack Obama on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. When asked why she wasn’t there, she told TV One’s Roland Martin it was because of President George W. Bush.

She didn’t want to be associated with the controversial two-term president.

“I refused to march because George Bush marched,” Nash told Roland Martin of News One Now. “I think the Selma movement was about non-violence and peace and democracy. And George Bush stands for just the opposite: For violence and war and stolen elections, and his administration … had people tortured.”

“So I thought that this was not an appropriate event for him,” she added.

No surprise that the always head-strong Nash is still sticking to her principles 50 years later. Watch Nash talk about the Bloody Sunday anniversary and her issues with Bush being there below.