Bayard Rustin

“To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true.”

  • Name: Bayard Rustin 
  • Pronouns: he/him 
  • Born: March 17, 1912 
  • Died: August 24, 1987 
  • From: West Chester, PA. Died in Manhattan, NY. 
  • Occupation: LGBTQ and civil rights activist  
  • Known For: Rustin was known for being a civil rights activist. 
  • Awards: His civil rights writings were published in the collection Down the Line in 1971 and in Strategies for Freedom in 1976.  

Bayard Rustin was a civil rights and LGBT activist. He was also known for being Martin Luther King Jr.’s key advisor in the 60s. Despite the times, he lived as an openly gay man. In 1953, he was arrested for publicly engaging in homosexual activity and was imprisoned in jail for 60 days.  

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