Civil Rights
2:00 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Gay And Black, Bayard Rustin Was A Little Too Complicated For The Early Civil Rights Movement

A Portrait of Bayard Rustin
Credit Flickr/Felix Jackson, Jr.

Many people have not heard of Bayard Rustin. Rustin is the man who taught MLK about non-violence, a strategy he’d learned from Gandhi. Rustin organized the 1963 March on Washington. But he was discouraged from being a public spokesperson for civil rights because he was gay. Many activists at the time felt the movement wasn’t big enough to include homosexuality.

We hear about the pattern of public humiliation that kept Rustin out of the history books. And about how he finally found peace when the culture caught up with him.

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