Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin

“Bayard Rustin was the organizer of the March on Washington in August of 1963. This march would be the setting of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and arguably, the most important day of the Civil Rights leader’s career. He would go from a pastor with a passion for equality, to the most recognizable name of the movement, and American history will likely never forget him.

However, how many people know the name of Bayard Rustin, who was instrumental in orchestrating countless protests, and who was an openly gay black man? Why isn’t the public more aware of his struggles and his accomplishments? Some would even argue that history has purposely tried to forget him.”