by Eric Laursen
Daniel Akst profiles the pacifists who opposed American involvement in the Second World War and their influence on the civil rights and peace movements that followed.
SOURCE: History Matters
by Jerald Podair
Rustin was a forward-looking radical who embraced socialist, labor, and racial justice struggles. But homophobia across the color line limited his public influence in the 1960s.
by Norman Hill and Velma Murphy Hill
"More than a year into a national reckoning over racism, two heroes in the struggle for racial justice have received little national attention. A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin were mentor and student, friends and colleagues—eventually, their relationship was like father and son."
SOURCE: Washington Post
On Wednesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued a posthumous pardon for Rustin.
SOURCE: Washignton Post
Arrested for having sex with men, this gay civil rights leader could finally be pardoned in California
A decade before Bayard Rustin became a chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, the civil rights activist was booked into a Los Angeles County jail on suspicion of “lewd vagrancy.”
SOURCE: The North Star
by Stephen G. Hall
Rustin’s work combined a passion for social justice with a firm commitment to LGBTQ and human rights.
SOURCE: NY Times
If you’re surprised that the issue of reparations for black Americans has taken so long to resolve, blame the president. President Andrew Johnson.
The rare tape was provided by Rustin's surviving partner who preserved a library of backup recordings. Those recordings have helped foster a better understanding of the gay icon — one that Marcus concedes was absent from his civil rights education.
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