Bayard Rustin 2013 Commemoration

The late Bayard Rustin was a proud Black gay man who was an indispensable architect of the Civil Rights Movement. His most noteworthy achievements include serving as chief organizer of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, mentoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and helping to form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the A. Philip Randolph Institute.  To honor Rustin's courage and his invaluable legacy, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation's leading Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, has launched the Bayard Rustin 2013 Commemoration Project.


In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on August 28, 2013, NBJC has implemented a multi-tiered strategy to garner Rustin the recognition he deserves. By harnessing the power of the media, mobilizing Black LGBT youth, and petitioning for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, NBJC is committed to keeping Rustin's legacy alive.


To this end, the American Federation of Teachers, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and the National Black Justice Coalition joined forces to host "A Tribute to Bayard Rustin and the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington" with a focus on the role Bayard Rustin played in the organization and execution of the 1963 March on Washington. The commemorative event was held on Monday, August 26, 2013, at the Historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC. The evening included a screening of a segment from the award-winning documentary Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin.   Your generous donations will be used to create and sustain a Bayard Rustin Leadership Fellowship through NBJC's Emerging Leaders Initiative and AFT's Albert Shanker Institute.

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"Every year, during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday we hear the iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech, which was delivered at the 1963 March on Washington," says veteran lesbian activist Mandy Carter, Bayard Rustin 2013 Commemoration Project National Coordinator. "Yet, most people do not know that Bayard Rustin, an out Black gay man, was the key organizer for that groundbreaking event. America needs to know that Bayard existed. Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and same-gender-loving people need to know that Rustin stood firm in his identity and, by his very presence, challenged others in the Civil Rights Movement to overcome homophobia."


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