​On This Day in History – August 24, 1987: Bayard Rustin Died Of A Perforated Appendix

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An obituary in the New York Times reported: “Looking back at his career, Mr. Rustin, a Quaker, once wrote: ‘The principal factors which influenced my life are 1) nonviolent tactics; 2) constitutional means; 3) democratic procedures; 4) respect for human personality; 5) a belief that all people are one.'”

Mr. Rustin was survived by Walter Naegle, his partner of 10 years.

Bayard Rustin was a leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, pacifism and non-violence, and gay rights. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania where his family was involved in civil rights work. In 1936, he moved to Harlem, New York City and earned a living as a nightclub and stage singer, and continued activism for civil rights.

In the pacifist Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), Rustin practiced nonviolence. He was a leading activist of the early 1947–1955 civil-rights movement, helping to initiate a 1947 Freedom Ride to challenge with civil disobedience racial segregation on interstate busing. He recognized Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership, and helped to organize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to strengthen King’s leadership; Rustin promoted the philosophy of nonviolence and the practices of nonviolent resistance, which he had observed while working with Gandhi’s movement in India.

Rustin became a leading strategist of the civil rights movement from 1955–1968. He was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was headed by A. Philip Randolph, the leading African-American labor-union president and socialist. Rustin also influenced young activists, such as Tom Kahn and Stokely Carmichael, in organizations like the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Read more on Mr. Rustin and his legacy at: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=623249241179492&substory_index=0&id=101575520013536


  • Ivan Butcher II August 26, 2017 - 8:12 am Reply

    Since there is no limitation on murder cases and other civil liberties crimes, now with documented photos and business records that can identify the victims and their murderers / violators, this is where the historians and researchers, who love to correct and lecture, could be devoting their efforts in researching out and identifying those criminals. Their benefactors and heirs should have to pay retribution and restitution for their crimes.

  • Ivan Butcher II August 26, 2017 - 8:13 am Reply

    Why Don’t More Black Achievers Advocate for our Black Family?


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