Lost Prophet

Lost Prophet

The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin

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One of the most important figures of the American civil rights movement, Bayard Rustin taught Martin Luther King Jr. the methods of Gandhi, spearheaded the 1963 March on Washington, and helped bring the struggle of African Americans to the forefront of a nation's consciousness. But despite his incontrovertibly integral role in the movement, the openly gay Rustin is not the household name that many of his activist contemporaries are. In exploring history'sLost Prophet, acclaimed historian John D'Emilio explains why Rustin's influence was minimized by his peers and why his brilliant strategies were not followed, or were followed by those he never meant to help.


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One of the most important figures of the American civil rights movement, Bayard Rustin taught Martin Luther King Jr. the methods of Gandhi, spearheaded the 1963 March on Washington, and helped bring the struggle of African Americans to the forefront of a nation's consciousness. But despite his incontrovertibly integral role in the movement, the openly gay Rustin is not the household name that many of his activist contemporaries are. In exploring history's Lost Prophet, acclaimed historian John D'Emilio explains why Rustin's influence was minimized by his peers and why his brilliant strategies were not followedor were followed by those he never meant to help.




Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780226142692
0226142698
Branch Call Number: 92 R928d 2004
Characteristics: vi, 568 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

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Aug 07, 2015

I highly recommend this biography about civil rights leader Bayard Rustin! Largely unknown during his time due to his sexuality, Mr. Rustin was a follow of Gandhi, influenced MLK Jr. (Rustin organized the "March on Washington"), and took part in numerous civil rights struggles during his lifetime. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, this formerly unsung hero deserves any accolades and recognition he is destined to receive.

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