Bayard Rustin – Black History Month 2021 #BlackHistoryMonth

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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.

From Black History Month UK:

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.

Read more from Black History Month UK, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, PBS, AFL-CIO, National Museum of African American History & Culture, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, The New York Times and see more on YouTube


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