The Cambridge Room is pleased to announce that the Nelson W. Ambush Papers are now available for research.
Nelson William Ambush was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 23, 1915 to Charles Gillette and Emma Elizabeth (Steems) Ambush. He graduated from Rindge Technical High School in 1934 where he was a member of the Drum Corps and track team. In 1941, Ambush moved to Worcester, Massachusetts to pursue his career as a dental technician.
Ambush was active in the civil rights movement for which he received numerous awards. In 1944, he assisted in re-activating the Worcester Branch of the NAACP, and went on to hold every office in the organization. In 1957, he represented New England at the Prayer Pilgrimage to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. He was a frequent speaker at colleges, high schools, churches, and community gatherings on the subject of civil rights and the legacy of Dr. King. Later, he assisted dozens of Kenyans in relocating to New England and helping them graduate college.
Ambush was active in several civic and social organizations, including the Cambridge Community Center Forum, the William Monroe Trotter Club, the Dunbar Club, the Cub Scouts of the Mohegan Council, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Committee, and the Advisory Council on the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. He also served in leadership positions in several churches.
Ambush was married to Shigao Gladys Sato for 43 years with whom he had five children: Karen R. Thande, Reverend Stephen B. Ambush, Kathy G. Smith, June E. Ambush, Benjamin S. Ambush. He was married to Mary Estelle (Hazzard) Harden for 23 years. Ambush died on March 5, 2012.