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Disrupters & Interlopers: Bayard Rustin

There is one clear and unequivocal reason that you have probably not heard of Bayard Rustin: he was gay. Though Rustin was active in the Civil Rights movement well before Martin Luther King, Jr. was around, he was often shuffled out of the limelight by his own co-workers. In the 1977 book My Soul is Rested, Howell Raines described Rustin this way: “He is white-haired, a man of elegant diction, an old lion of the Movement, and he was the first of the Eastern civil-rights professionals to discover the young… Read more Disrupters & Interlopers: Bayard Rustin