Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Bayard Rustin: Black Gay Activist AND Athlete
Here is a fascinating history lesson from Patricia Nell Warren about Bayard Rustin. I knew he was one of Martin Luther King’s top lieutenants in the early Black Civil Rights Movement and that he organized the March on Washington in 1963 and that he was a closeted gay man. I also knew that MLK asked him to step down to avoid controversy because of his homosexuality. I did not know that Rustin was also an athlete. Leave it to the ever fabulous Patricia Nell Warren to educate us all.