Tag Archives: Bayard Rustin

Flashback: Bayard Rustin Awarded Medal of Freedom

The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States, in which the White House honors those who have made a major contribution to the security and interest of the U.S. In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded … Continue reading

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Q&A with Michael Long, editor of I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters

The White House has announced that Bayard Rustin, the trailblazing civil rights activist, will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Q: For those unfamiliar with Bayard Rustin, can you briefly … Continue reading

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Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters: A Small, Interracial, Disciplined Group… to Test Jim Crow

This month marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and organized by Bayard Rustin. To commemorate this historical event, Rustin biographer and editor of I Must Resist: … Continue reading

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Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters: To Fight for the United States Is to Fight for Bigotry

This month marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and to celebrate, City Lights is honoring the man who brought it into being: Bayard Rustin. It was just announced last week that Bayard Rustin … Continue reading

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Black History Month: A Letter from “I Must Resist” by Bayard Rustin

Excerpted from I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters Rustin to Beverly White In this philosophical letter to an activist from St. Paul, Minnesota, Rustin makes a careful distinction between nonresistance and nonviolent resistance-the same type of distinction that … Continue reading

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