Celebrating LGBTQ History Month: June 7, Bayard Rustin

7 Jun

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Bayard Rustin.  For those of you that follow SJFA, you might remember we celebrated Rustin before. Rustin is probably most remembered and celebrated for having organized the Civil Rights March of 1963 in Washington D.C., where Dr. King delivered his I Have A Dream speech.  Today, I would like to honor Rustin for having the courage to be openly gay during a time when I can’t even fathom how difficult it must have been for a black man to also be gay in the United States–what courage, what fortitude.  It was Rustin who helped influence Dr. King’s non-violent movement by using techniques adopted from Gandhi.  I almost wonder if such a man could survive in this violence obsessed culture we currently perpetuate, and then I think of how lucky we are to have people like Rep. John Lewis with us.  Click here to learn more about the hero, Bayard Rustin.

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