A History Lesson: Bayard Rustin, The Forgotten Civil Rights Leader


Bayard_Rustin_NYWTS_3When you think about the March on Washington, what do you think of first? Most people would say Dr. King delivering the “I Have a Dream” speech. But very few people know the story behind the march. The truth is the whole thing could not have been done without the tireless work of the master organizer and activist Bayard Rustin.

Unfortunalty, most people have no idea who I am talking about, and that is because Bayard Rustin has been cut out of history. If you have watched as many Civil Rights movies and documentaries as I have then you know that Bayard Rustin is hardly ever mentioned.

For example, before Selma (2014) there was another movie about the march across the EdmundMarch on washington Pettus Bridge from Selma to Montgomery called Selma, Lord, Selma (1999).  Many of the Civil Rights leaders that we know and love today are in the movie including Dr. Martin…

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