May Mr. Bayard Rustin rest in peace!
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's National holiday was this past Monday and everyone cited his quotes, marched in his memory, and even gave their opinions on the state of our community today. I said my peace and visited his Memorial but I did so for me and my family. The holiday really prepares me for Black history month and what stories I can pass on to my children.
As the week went on I was able to watch untold stories about Emmett Till, Malcolm X, and read about Mr. Bayard Rustin. Mr. Bayard Rustin was an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. but your history books would not inform you of that. WHY NOT?
Mr. Bayard Rustin was homosexual. During the Civil Rights Movement, the black church (no matter what the denomination) was at the forefront of it and homosexuality is considered as a sin in the church. I accept people for who they are and I do not pass judgment. I just want to bring to light that this man, regardless of his sexual orientation, was behind one of the most influential people in our history and he fought for Equality.
Before his death he said, "Twenty-five, thirty years ago, the barometer of human rights in the United States were black people. That is no longer true. The barometer for judging the character of people in regard to human rights is now those who consider themselves gay, homosexual, lesbian." As stated on http://www.gbmnews.com/articles/4128/1/Black-History-Month-Bayard-Rustin---A-Life-to-Remember/Page1.html
I learned more about Mr. Bayard Rustin through my Womanism course that I am taking at Oglethorpe University. It made me feel proud to know that people were able to come together to fight for Equality no matter what they struggled with personally. Mr. Rustin along with Dr. King created the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Mr. Rustin also organized the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Dr. King gave his historic & memorable "I Have A Dream Speech". No one really wants to give him credit for his GREAT works but I WILL.
His quote above states that now after the Civil Rights Movement there is a shift in human rights as homosexuals are fighting for their right of Equality. Mr. Rustin fought for the Human Rights of Gays and he gave a speech titled, "The New Niggers are Gays".
I believe that every American should know Mr. Bayard Rustin's story! You should be more open and accepting of others that are not like you. This is something that I explain to my child & stepchildren and I pray that other parents are doing the same. I will list some more links on Mr. Bayard Rustin so that you can read his biography and find some of his books to educate yourself.