Bayard Rustin

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Bayard Rustin

BayardRustinBy: Livvy Krakower

Bayard Rustin was born on March 17, 1912 in West Chester, PA.During his childhood he thought his parents were Julia and Janifer Rustin. However, he later found out that they were his grandparents and his mother was really his so called sister , Florence.


Bayard Rustin was an activest and public speaker for homosexual and racial rights. He did this all by peacefulness an non-violent protest. He is a key person in African-American lives and gay peoples lives.

There are countless things Mr.Rustin is known for. One are the types of organizations he used to be apart of such as The Young Communist League. After he departed from that organization. He joined Fellowship of Reconciliation while organizing the March on Washington. He also co-founded an organization Congress of Racial Equality.

This letter was written to Bayard Rustin by Mrs.L.C.Weitzler. It was written in January 26, 1968 in New Haven, Conn. The author wants Mr.Rustin to use the same methods as he did in the Washington March to try to protest and stop the fighting in Vietnam peacefully. Mrs.Weitzler feels like we should take care of our problems peacefully. Through doing of research of the women who wrote this I couldn't find anything on her. However, I did look up the website was a reliable source.

In the 1950s he meet Martain Luther King.He taught King the methods of Gandhi philosophy of nonviolent resistanceand adviced him to follow them. He assisted King in the Montgomery boycott in 1956. However he is best known for organizing the March onWashington in 1963. Were King made the "I have a dream" speech.

Lasting Impact

Back then if you were homosexual or black you could be arrested very unfairly. Today African-Americans and homosexuals still face verbal abuse. Bayard Rustin taught the world to stand up for who they our no matter if they bisexual, homosexual, pansexual, Black, Hispanic, Asian, ect. That they deserve the same respect and treatment as anybody else. I feel like he affected the world by makeing us have more respect for homosexuals A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 17 May 2015."Letter from Mrs. Weitzler to Bayard Rustin." Letter from Mrs. Weitzler to Bayard Rustin. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2015.


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