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Bayard Rustin

God's Most Gifted...

Craig Stewart | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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What Would King Say Today?

Stan Duncan | Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion
Stan Duncan

What would King say about marriage equality? The short answer, of course, is that nobody knows. Homosexuality was in the closet in King's day so no one can say for certain. There are, however, a few clues.

Bayard Rustin and the Audacity of Hope

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Harry Boyte

President Obama's posthumous award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin on November 20, 2013, marked overdue recognition of Rustin's extraordinary contributions to the civil rights movement.

Bayard Rustin: Politically Targeted, Spiritually Resilient, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

Michael G. Long | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Michael G. Long

Rustin taught us to believe in ourselves, in our own ability to transform individuals and societies steeped in discrimination, deaf to the calls of compassion, and yet never beyond redemption.

The Role of HBCUs in the Marches on Washington

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
William H. Lamar IV

In its own way, the HBCU made the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom possible. Today's HBCU must make meaning of its legacy for its students, who must work tirelessly to usher in a better society and more just world.

Where Courage is Found

Eliza Byard | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliza Byard

These days, I find that I feel greatest urgency not because I myself am a lesbian, but because I am a mother, an education advocate and someone fighting for a brighter future for so many young people who lack the opportunity to thrive.

Sniping on the Mount

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Rev. Al Sharpton, whose National Action Network organized the 50th anniversary rally with the NAACP and others, is hardly dangerous, unless you are alarmed by his frequent defenses of President Obama from his weeknight perch at MSNBC.

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 10.28.2013 | Gay 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 10.22.2013 | Gay 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.

Gay Civil Rights Leader To Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON — Months before Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" declaration galvanized a quarter-million people at the 1963 March on Washin...

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 10.14.2013 | Gay 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 | Gay 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 04.23.2013 | Gay 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

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.12.2013 | Gay 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 03.20.2013 | Gay 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.