Bayard Rustin - Uncredited architect of the Civil Rights Movement & the March on Washington
August 25, 2003 9:17 AM   Subscribe

Hidden Sides, Hushed Ideals of a Civil Rights Strategist
Bayard Rustin - Quaker, former Young Communist cum anti-communist socialist, advocate of non-violence, ''known homosexual'' , architect of the March on Washington and, it goes without saying, great American. A critical socialist take on Rustin. Here, for our resident Malcolm X man, a debate between Rustin and X in 1960--do note the latter's views evolved greatly between then and his assassination--and here is Nat Hentoff on Rustin. A recent P.O.V. fim on Rustin - Brother Outsider.
posted by y2karl (9 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
You, y2karl, are an artist of MetaFilter posts.

posted by nofundy at 12:33 PM on August 25, 2003

y2karl, thanks. It's weird that when someone finally posts something interesting about a homosexual character, the gay brigade stays silent. Where's the Queer Eye now?
Regarding Bayard, he was a communist, so I automatically reject him.
posted by 111 at 3:28 PM on August 25, 2003

Now, now... don't get too warm and fuzzy on us!
posted by y2karl at 4:32 PM on August 25, 2003

thank you for this post. I appreciate it greatly.
posted by jann at 6:05 PM on August 25, 2003

we're here; we're queer; and we like Rustin, although many in his time didn't. Rustin's pals and associates knew he was gay, and kept him in the background because of it--something you find in many republican circles, no? And the enemies of Civil Rights (paging Lott and Thurmond) used his sexual orientation against the movement...a pity.

It's interesting what you find interesting, 111
posted by amberglow at 6:40 PM on August 25, 2003

thinking about it--he was kinda like Karl Rove, but for good people, no?

I would have loved to have met and talked with him...a social studies teacher of mine in high school who had gone on freedom rides in college always used to include him when we learned about the history and important figures of the civil rights movement.
posted by amberglow at 6:54 PM on August 25, 2003

I saw that POV on pbs awhile back, or at least most of it, and I was blown away because I didn't know a thing about Bayard Rustin. I meant to look up more about him but never did, so thanks for this most excellent post. I've only read the first few articles but will catch up with the rest tomorrow.

Another keeper to add to the y2k bookmark file.

amberglow, I like your Rove for good people metaphor ;-)
posted by madamjujujive at 12:14 AM on August 26, 2003

the gay brigade stays silent.

Ah yes, the gay brigade. They're the one's with the chiffon uniforms, right?
posted by jonmc at 6:20 AM on August 26, 2003

we're going satin this year, jon--with piping and ruching!
posted by amberglow at 9:33 AM on August 26, 2003

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