I Must Resist Bayard Rustin’s Life In Letters
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Bayard Rustin: Unsung Architect Of The Civil Rights Movement
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Bayard Rustin’s life story told in his own words through his intimate correspondence, published on the centenary of his birth.
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August 28, 1963 promised to be a warm summer morning in Washington, D.C. As the sun began to peek over the horizon, the National Mall was quiet. Too quiet for the organizers of the historic March On Washington.
“No one knew exactly how many people were going to come,” recalls Norman Hill, a young activist and labor leader at the time.
Organizer and transportation director Rachelle Horowitz estimated 90,000 people would be there based on the number of buses that had been chartered.
By the end of the day, an estimated 250,000 people from across the country had marched on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.
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, to commemorate their days working on the march led by Bayard Rustin, the civil rights pioneer behind the March on Washington.
Bayard Rustin, deputy director of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, addresses the crowd of marchers from the Lincoln Memorial. He was the organizer of the march and oversaw the largest march at that time in American history. Bettmann Archive hide caption
Bayard Rustin, deputy director of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, addresses the crowd of marchers from the Lincoln Memorial. He was the organizer of the march and oversaw the largest march at that time in American history.
Those who knew Rustin remember his charisma, his friendliness, his slight British accent and his tendency to burst into song. And they remember him as a master strategist. For decades before the march, Rustin had organized protests, marches and sit-ins, spreading the gospel of nonviolent resistance long before Dr. King arrived on the national stage. In fact, Rustin’s surviving partner, Walter Naegle, describes him as a “mentor” to Dr. King.
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Rustin’s belief in nonviolence began when he was a child growing up with his grandmother, a Quaker, in Pennsylvania in the 1920s. It solidified in adulthood after he discovered the work of Indian revolutionary Mahatma Gandhi. For most of his life, Rustin was the person behind the scenes, dreaming up transformative moments like the March On Washington. He wanted others, including Dr. King, to be the face of that dream.
Nearly 60 years later, Hill, Horowitz and Ladner still remember waking up that August morning. They remember walking across the grass on the National Mall and hearing Bob Dylan — or Bobby, as Ladner calls him — perform. They remember the sound of the speeches over the public address system, which Horowitz says cost them a fortune. They remember watching John Lewis rewrite his speech until it took the stage. And they remember watching as bus after bus stopped, and one person became five, then a thousand, then tens of thousands.
“They were singing, they were happy, and we knew it was going to be a hit,” says Horowitz.
Ladner was from a small town in Mississippi, and as she looked out at the crowd, she said she felt “a sense of awe and pride. It still feels a certain way, and I still understand it.”
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What Hill maintains is that it was a march for jobs and freedom. “I think what gets overlooked is that the effort of the march had a class dimension as well as a civil rights dimension,” he says.
The crowd marched peacefully and without disturbance that day. It was an incredible feat to organize that almost didn’t happen.
American civil rights activist Bayard Rustin is often overlooked as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. But nonetheless, his influence and influence were vital to the movement he helped lead. Patrick A. Burns/Getty Images hide caption
American civil rights activist Bayard Rustin is often overlooked as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. But nonetheless, his influence and influence were vital to the movement he helped lead.
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Just weeks before the march, Rustin had come under attack. He was an easy target: a socialist, a pacifist who had refused to fight in World War II and went to prison for it, and a gay black man in a time of intense homophobia. He had been attacked in the past for being gay, each time forcing him to retreat from the limelight.
This time the attacks came on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond accused Rustin of being a “sex pervert” and “draft dodger”. He hoped by discrediting Rustin he would also put an end to the march. But soon after, the leader of the march and prominent leader of the civil rights movement, A. Philip Randolph, held a press conference in which he defended Rustin. And the march continued as planned.
For the rest of his life, Rustin turned his attention to issues such as economic injustice, gay rights, and anti-colonialism. He drew criticism from some in the civil rights movement for his political views, namely his lukewarm opposition to the Vietnam War, his conservative stance on things like affirmative action, and his support for Israel. He died in New York City in 1987 on the fringes of the movement.
Bayard Rustin was the sum of many, sometimes contradictions