Bayard Rustin – Black History Month 2021 #BlackHistoryMonth
Bayard Rustin was a pacifist, an advocate for gay rights, workers’ rights and international human rights, a civil rights leader who organized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the first executive director of the AFL-CIO’s A. Philip Randolph Institute.
After the passage of the civil-rights legislation of 1964–65, Rustin focused attention on the economic problems of working-class and unemployed African Americans, suggesting that the civil-rights movement had left its period of “protest” and had entered an era of “politics”, in which the Black community had to ally with the labour movement. Rustin became the head of the AFL–CIO’s A. Philip Randolph Institute, which promoted the integration of formerly all-white unions and promoted the unionization of African Americans.
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