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Bayard Rustin (1912–1987)

Bayard Rustin was an early and incalculably important force behind the U.S. Civil Rights movement of the Twentieth Century. Although his contributions to the movement remain largely unrecognized by the general public to this day, he was of invaluable assistance to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many of the other well-known heroes of the era. ... See full bio »

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  P.O.V. (TV Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2003) (performer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2003) ... (lyrics: "You Don't Have to Ride Jim Crow") / (performer: "Sit Down, Sit Down", "Careless Love", "You Don't Have to Ride Jim Crow", "Go Tell It On The Mountain", "I Saw Her", "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child", "Lonesome Valley", "Scandalize My Name")
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When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him. See more »


Fellow civil rights leader Julian Bond has often quoted Rustin as joking that "Martin Luther King couldn't organize vampires to go to a bloodbath," meaning that despite King's gifts as a leader and an orator, King needed Rustin's and others' help with the organizational aspects of the movement. See more »

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