Biography template: Bayard Rustin Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Bayard Rustin Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Bayard Rustin Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Bayard Rustin Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Bayard Rustin Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Bayard Rustin Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)

Bayard Rustin Biography

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Bayard Rustin

Birth Date: March 17, 1912 West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Education: Wilberforce University | Cheyney University

Know For: Civil Rights Movement | Peace Movement | Socialism | Gay Rights Movement

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Who is Bayard Rustin?

Bayard Rustin (/ˈbaɪ.ərd/; March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987) was an African American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights.

Rustin worked with A. Philip Randolph on the March on Washington Movement, in 1941, to press for an end to racial discrimination in employment. Rustin later organized Freedom Rides, and helped to organize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to strengthen Martin Luther King Jr.'s leadership and teaching King about nonviolence; he later served as an organizer for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Rustin worked alongside Ella Baker, a co-director of the Crusade for Citizenship, in 1954; and before the Montgomery bus boycott, he helped organize a group, called "In Friendship", amongst Baker, George Lawrence, Stanley Levison of the American Jewish Congress, and some other labor leaders. "In Friendship" provided material and legal assistance to those being evicted from their tenant farms and households in Clarendon County, Yazoo, and other places. 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. During the 1970s and 1980s, Rustin served on many humanitarian missions, such as aiding refugees from Vietnam and Cambodia. At the time of his death in 1987, he was on a humanitarian mission in Haiti.

The Civil Rights Movement

Rustin and Houser organized the Journey of Reconciliation in 1947. This was the first of the Freedom Rides to test the 1946 ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States in Morgan v. Commonwealth of Virginia that banned racial discrimination in interstate travel as unconstitutional. Rustin and CORE executive secretary George Houser recruited a team of fourteen men, divided equally by race, to ride in pairs through Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky.of the exonerees' families in attendance.

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