Rustin Bayard

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Photo Credit: Warren Leffler

Photo Credit: Warren Leffler

Bayard Rustin, born in West Chester, Pennsylvania was raised by his Quaker grandparents. Being expelled from Wilberforce University for helping to organize a strike was an piece of his activist life. Rustin was a trained activist and trained tenor vocalist, and became involved in the Civil Rights Movement. At the time, he was pushed out of the spotlight because he was gay, including being anonomized as an author of the publication "Speak Truth to Power: A Quaker Search for An Alternative to Violence," which was recently republished with correct attribution.


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

Bayard Rustin (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987)