Bayard Rustin

Civil Rights Activist (1912-1987)


Bayard Rustin (1912–1987) was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights.

He organized and led a number of protests in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, including the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and in the 1950s and 60s, he was a close adviser to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Small boat with 162 Vietnamese refugees sinks just a few meters off the Malaysian coast. Most of the refugees were rescued. <br>CREDIT: <a href="">UNHCR/ K.Gaugler</a> December 1978

MAY 1, 1978 Article

"Do Not Forget Us!"

Activist Bayard Rustin reports on meeting Indochinese refugees in Thai camps, who fled their countries in fear of their lives. He exhorts America to open ...