Bayard Rustin (1912-1987)

“Bayard Rustin is the Civil Rights hero most people don’t know about. He was a key advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and helped convince Dr. King to fully embrace non-violent resistance as an ideology. Bayard was the chief organizer of the March on Washington in 1963 where Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. However, Bayard was also a gay man in an era when that was considered a liability (not to mention a crime), so he had to stay in the background. Bayard credited his Quaker faith for his activism and his firm conviction that all people are equal and part of one human family.”

“We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.”

“How might you be an ‘angelic troublemaker’ in your community?”

[excerpts from holy troublemakers]