Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin

(March 17, 1912 – August 24,1987)

 

Bayard Rustin was an activist and leader in the civil rights movement that worked as advisor for Martin Luther King Jr and organized the “1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” One of the most successful nonviolent protests held in the U.S. He was kept in the shadows by the Civil Rights establishment  because of his open homosexuality, but he brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the U.S. and helped mold King into an international symbol of nonviolence.