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Bayard Rustin's Life and Civil Rights Legacy in Photos

Bayard Rustin's Life and Civil Rights Legacy in Photos


Check out photographs of the black gay civil rights leader throughout his lifetime.

The new edition of Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustincontains a wealth of historical documents on the late civil rights leader, such as never-before-printed interviews about gay rights and Bayard's thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr.'s views on gay people.

But the book also boasts a fascinating visual history of the black gay pioneer who is credited as the architect of the 1963 civil rights march. Take a look at a sample of photographs of Bayard in his youth and throughout his years of activism.

Bayardrustin001Rustin on the high school football team, 1931. Courtesy Bayard Rustin Estate.

Bayardrustin002A moment of relaxation in the early 1940s. Courtesy Bayard Rustin Estate.

Bayardrustin003The Wilberforce Quartet, 1933. Rustin pictured at far right. Courtesy Bayard Rustin Estate.

Bayardrustin004Rustin at a protest in Washington, D.C., during the mid-1940s. Courtesy Bayard Rustin Estate.

Bayardrustin005Posing with the lute he taught himself to play while incarcerated as a conscientious objector, 1947. Courtesy Bayard Rustin Estate.

Bayardrustin006Rustin along with a handful of his fellow participants in the Journey of Reconciliation, 1947. Left to right: Worth Randle, Wally Nelson, Ernest Bromley, James Peck, Igal Roodenko, Rustin, Joe Felmet, George Houser, Andrew Johnson. Courtesy Bayard Rustin Estate.

Bayardrustin007Meeting with Indian Prime Minister Nehru at the All India Congress Party, 1948. Courtesy Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Bayardrustin008Rustin with Muriel Lester, International FOR traveling secretary and friend of Gandhi, in India, 1948. Courtesy Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Bayardrustin009Rustin at an antiwar demonstration in Philadelphia, 1950. Courtesy Bayard Rustin Estate.

Bayardrustin010Meeting with Kwame Nkrumah in Accra, Ghana, 1952. Courtesy Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Bayardrustin011Rustin and Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Nigerian independence leader, 1952. Courtesy Bayard Rustin Estate.

Bayardrustin012Taking a break with Malcolm X and debate moderator Michael R. Winston at Howard University, October 1961. Courtesy Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University Archives.

Bayardrustin013With the March on Washington less than a month away, Rustin poses in front of the National Headquarters office on West 130th Street, New York City, August 1, 1963. Photo: Associated Press/Wide World.

Bayardrustin014The triumphant Life magazine cover, crediting A. Philip Randolph and Rustin as the leaders of the March on Washington. Courtesy Bayard Rustin Estate.

Bayardrustin015Rustin and author James Baldwin calling on President Kennedy to send troops into Alabama to "break the hold" of segregationist Gov. George Wallace. The armbands pictured were worn to protest the murder of African-American children in Birmingham, September 1963. Photo: Associated Press/Wide World.

Bayardrustin016Rustin at the A. Philip Randolph Institute, 1972. Courtesy Bayard Rustin Estate.

Bayardrustin017Meeting with Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel, 1976. Courtesy Bayard Rustin Estate.

Bayardrustin018Under the auspices of Freedom House, Rustin attends a political rally in Zimbabwe/Rhodesia, April 1979. Courtesy Bayard Rustin Estate.

Bayardrustin019Rustin with children displaced by civil unrest in El Salvador, 1983. Courtesy Bayard Rustin Estate.

Bayardrustin020An exuberant Rustin at age 71 in London's Trafalgar Square, 1983. Courtesy Bayard Rustin Estate.

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