"The most important civil rights leader you’ve never heard of"
Bayard Rustin was an early leader in the civil rights movement, a man who played a pivotal role in the formation of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s spirited call for nonviolent resistance and certainly worthy of a mention on the holiday established in King’s honor.

Rustin provided an influential backbone for a movement gaining momentum with every passing year, but as his biographer Tom Wicker wrote:

"…Rustin also was gay, decades before the Supreme Court legitimated private sexual activity, and that cost him the backing of even some radicals, black as well as white, for whom he had been an eloquent and courageous leader for nearly 40 years.”

Read more on Rustin over at Jacket Copy.
Art: Dugald Stermer / For the Times

"The most important civil rights leader you’ve never heard of"

Bayard Rustin was an early leader in the civil rights movement, a man who played a pivotal role in the formation of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s spirited call for nonviolent resistance and certainly worthy of a mention on the holiday established in King’s honor.
Rustin provided an influential backbone for a movement gaining momentum with every passing year, but as his biographer Tom Wicker wrote:
"…Rustin also was gay, decades before the Supreme Court legitimated private sexual activity, and that cost him the backing of even some radicals, black as well as white, for whom he had been an eloquent and courageous leader for nearly 40 years.”
Read more on Rustin over at Jacket Copy.

Art: Dugald Stermer / For the Times

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