Bayard Rustin was a Quaker, a pacifist, a civil rights activist and finally, an open homosexual. While he was not active in the fight for LGBT rights until the last decade of his life, Bayard spent his life fighting for the equality of every human being.
Bayard Rustin’s deep commitment to non-violence combined with his concrete stance on justice did not make life easy for him. Yet he rose to the challenge with a ferocity that few can rival. As a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rustin would organize the march in which King would give his infamous “I Have A Dream” speech. Though always in the background, often forced there due to his orientation, Rustin’s fingerprints cover the civil rights movement from its inception. It should be noted that Bayard Rustin was active during the same period as The Lavender Scare. Join us as we discuss this pillar in equal rights justice.