While King is the face of the civil rights movement, he relied on a coalition of allies to make the movement possible, from ministers to activists, politicians to labor unions. Born in , Rustin was an early " freedom rider " in the s and quickly rose to prominence in the burgeoning civil rights movement of the '50s and '60s. He is credited with organizing the Montgomery Bus Boycott in and the March on Washington in , throughout which time he and King built a friendship. In a essay published the year he died and recently reposted at the Advocate , Rustin elaborated upon how his homosexuality affected both their friendship and Rustin's place within the movement. King felt about gayness except to say that I'm sure he would have been sympathetic and would not have had the prejudicial view," wrote Rustin.
This Man was Martin Luther King Jr.’s Inspiration
Out Of The Past
Michel Martin. Emma Bowman. American civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, pictured in , as spokesman for the Citywide Committee for Integration, at the organization's headquarters, Silcam Presbyterian Church in New York City. Patrick A. He was an adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. Still, Bayard Rustin's legacy as a leading figure in the civil rights movement is little known today, even among many history buffs and within the LGBTQ community.
Martin Luther King Jr., Homosexuality, and the Early Gay Rights Movement
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As the nation celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Bayard Rustin, one of Dr. King's most trusted advisors, was born in and became an early Freedom Rider in the s; he later organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where King delivered the speech. He was also an openly gay African-American man. King understood that a coalition of allies was necessary to advance the Civil Rights Movement.