“My activism did not spring from my being gay or, for that matter, from my being black. Rather, it is rooted fundamentally in my Quaker upbringing and the values that were instilled in me by my grandparents who reared me.” –Bayard Rustin (1912-1987), Civil Rights icon, Organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, human rights activist, & posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2003).
Rustin taught himself to play the lute whilst incarcerated as a conscientious objector, 1947
Rustin with Ralph Abernathy & Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963
With Cleveland Robinson – labor organizer, civil rights activist, & key associate in organizing the March on Washington , 1963
Rustin speaking to protest the de facto segregation in New York City’s public schools, 1964
During his life, Rustin was active in the fight for human rights & equality the world over
The Rustin Fund for Global Equality was established in 2015 by Walter Neagle, Rustin’s partner for the final decade of his life (1977-1987)