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Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin: An American Hero No Longer Forgotten

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

We can't understand what we've accomplished on civil rights without telling the story of Bayard Rustin. And now, we must write the next chapter in the American civil rights story by drawing strength and inspiration from his moral courage.

Unreleased Remarks for 2013's March on Washington for Jobs, Freedom, and Justice

Jose Vilson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Jose Vilson

I salute everyone who, through broad coalition, came today to congregate at the Lincoln Memorial. As you seek the change, you too are the change.

How Much Do We Value Black Gay Men?

Paul Kawata | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Paul Kawata

The level of investment in HIV services targeting Black gay and bisexual men has never adequately reflected the burden of the epidemic borne by this community. America must do more to show that the lives of Black gay men matter.

Jermaine Spradley

Here's What Became Of The Organizations That Organized The March On Washington | Jermaine Spradley | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

On Sunday, August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people crowded the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to stake their claim for jobs and freedom in a tur...

In the Spirit of King and Rustin, the Fight for Jobs and Freedom Continues

Rea Carey | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rea Carey

Fifty years ago, a broad coalition of people from across the United States were preparing to march on our nation's capital for jobs and freedom. The march would both make history and hurry history for the millions hungry for jobs, equality and freedom.

The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Summons a Painful History

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Politicians and commentators from across the ideological spectrum like to invoke the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But it's too easy to breeze past the March's painful historical context.

The Gay Man Who Organized the March on Washington

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Bayard Rustin is just one more reminder that there is a lot more to social movements than the most famous names. Behind each name you know, there are thousands of names you do not know.

Claiming and Teaching the 1963 March on Washington

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

Teaching about the March on Washington presents a series of challenges precisely because it involves counteracting sanitized textbooks and demythologizing not only the march, but also the Black Freedom Struggle. As such, there are a few points that cannot be overlooked if we want to honor the march's true story.

Donnie McClurkin Not Being Truthful About Anti-Gay Comments (VIDEO)

Alvin McEwen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alvin McEwen

Gay men are not the products of child molestation. It's an ugly thing to imply otherwise, and for McClurkin to now claim that he has not spoken derogatorily about gay people when there is hard evidence to the contrary is highly dishonest. One could even say he is lying.

Oprah Winfrey, Civil Rights Activists & Baseball Legend To Receive Presidential Award

Posted 08.09.2013 | Black Voices

Civil Rights activists Bayard Rustin and Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, legendary baseball player Ernie Banks and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, are amo...

Obama Awards Bayard Rustin -- the Man Behind the March -- the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Honoring Rustin with the Medal of Freedom tells us something about how far America has come as a nation in the past 50 years. After all, he had four strikes against him. He was a pacifist, a radical, black and gay. Controversy surrounded him all his life.

Why the Fights for Racial Justice and LGBT Equality Are Inseparable

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 05.25.2013 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

As a woman of color, I am always frightened when I see a group being singled out for restricted rights. In this pivotal moment in our country's history, we must stand on the side of compassion and equality.

Bayard Rustin in His Own Words: "I Must Resist"

Michael G. Long | Posted 03.14.2013 | Queer Voices
Michael G. Long

This past year we have celebrated the centennial of the birth of Bayard Rustin, the brilliant strategist of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and ...

Frank Ocean, and Why Blacks Need to Finally Get Over Homophobia

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.06.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

While we are celebrating the just the survival of an R&B artist admitting he has had a desire for another man, what we are avoiding is the actual discussion of if we are ready for an actual openly gay black artist in our mainstream world.

Celebrating Black History Month

Chad Griffin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chad Griffin

To Bayard Rustin, fighting for his equality as a black man, while leaving his identity as a gay man unspoken, would have been an unthinkable betrayal. This Black History Month, we should not forget trailblazers like Rustin.

Michelangelo Signorile

Gay Civil Rights Hero Bayard Rustin Remembered | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin was a visionary and an openly gay man who dared to be out in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, when homophobia was at an ...

Did Martin Luther King Have An LGBTQ Dream, Too?

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

Though it is clear that King's words resonate with our cause, I now believe that not only would King not have supported LGBTQ rights but his relevance on social issues would have continued to wane considerably had he survived.

Bayard Rustin, Mr. March On Washington, At 100

Michael G. Long | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Michael G. Long

This year marks the centennial of the birth of Bayard Rustin, one of the most significant yet ignored figures in U.S. history. Rustin was the brilliant strategist of the pinnacle event in U.S. protest politics.

Saul Alinsky Elementary School? How We Honor America's Radicals and Reformers

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

A society that really wants to celebrate the life of an important figure -- to keep his or her memory alive in our collective psyche -- must do so publicly and permanently.

The Man Behind the March: Remembering Bayard Rustin

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Bayard Rustin, the trailblazing civil rights activist, was a pacifist, a radical, black and gay. Controversy surrounded him all his life. But this year -- the 100th anniversary of his birth and 25 years after his death -- his name is back in the news.

How Far We Have Come

Mark_Levine | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

We still have a lot of work to do, but when the president finally openly affirms that gay and lesbian Americans should have the same rights under the law that straight women and men enjoy, it seems OK, for just a day, to celebrate, sit back, and reflect on how far we have come.

Bayard Rustin: One Of The Tallest Trees In Our Forest

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

This month LGBTQ communities are celebrating Bayard Rustin's 100th birthday anniversary. For LGBTQ African Americans, Rustin is the only open gay hero we have, and for many of us, his work and words give us courage to fight homophobia in ourselves and in our communities.

Rustin Was One of America's Social Pioneers on Two Fronts

Byron Williams | Posted 05.21.2012 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

This past week marked the centennial of the birth of b. For those who are unaware of Rustin's significant contributions to American democracy in the 20th century, he was one of the behind-the-scene pillars of what became known as the civil rights movement.

Honoring America's 'Lost Prophet' On His 100th Birthday

John D'Emilio | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John D'Emilio

March 17, 2012: St. Patrick's Day, yes, but also the centennial of Bayard Rustin's birth. Rustin's name does not ring bells for most Americans. Yet the impact that this life-long agitator for justice had on America was profound.

Remembering The Legacy Of A Civil Rights Pioneer

Joe Solmonese | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joe Solmonese

One hundred years ago today, an unsung hero of the civil rights movement was born. Bayard Rustin's contributions to the world far outweighed his credits -- and his 100th birthday is an opportunity to appreciate how his lifelong fights for equality live on today.