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Books & Articles about Bayard Rustin
Anderson, Jervis. Bayard Rustin: Troubles I’ve Seen. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1997.
Collins, Elliott. Bayard Rustin: A Civil Rights Biography. Ph.d dissertation, Program in American Studies, New York University, 2000.
D’Emilio, John. “Lost Prophet.” New York: The Free Press, 2003.
D’Emilio, John. “Homophobia and the Trajectory of Postwar American Radicalism: the Case of Bayard Rustin.” Radical History Review (1995) 62: 80-103.
D’Emilio, John. “Bayard Rustin, Civil Rights Strategist.” The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Summer 1999.
Haskins, James. Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1997.
Levine, Daniel. Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2000.
Selected Web Sites
PBS’ POV site for Brother Outsider
A selection of writings by Bayard Rustin
list of noted gay and lesbian people of African descent
Martin Luther King, Jr. Paper Project at Stanford University
Search for Bayard Rustin
NPR radio piece about Rustin and Brian Freeman’s play, Civil Sex
Resources for Screenings and Events
1943 Interacial Primer
BACKGROUND: Written by Rustin in 1943, the Interracial Primer was intended to provide practical advice, suggestions, and tips to Americans who were looking for ways to overcome “the ever-increasing racial tension that threatens the principle of brotherhood on which our democracy rests.”
1963 March on Washington
BACKGROUND: This manual, written by Rustin, was distributed shortly before the August 28, 1963, March on Washington. It contains final plans and instructions for the March and reflects Rustin’s unparalleled skill as an organizer.
1970 FBI Summary
BACKGROUND: This 1970 FBI report is a summary of the Bureau’s surveillance of Rustin that began in the early 1940s. It provides evidence of the FBI’s views of Rustin as a civil rights activist, pacifist, conscientious objector, and openly gay man.
From Montgomery to Stonewall
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BACKGROUND: This essay, on the connections between the civil rights movement and the movement for LGBT rights, was adapted from a speech that Bayard Rustin gave to a gay student group at the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.