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Gay, Black, and Quaker: History Catches Up with Bayard Rustin

posted on June 26, 2012

At Religion Dispatches, Stephen Angell and Leigh Eason profile the life of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. An openly gay African American and a Quaker, Rustin worked with and advised Martin Luther King, Jr., and was a vocal leader in the LGBT community. According to Angell and Eason, his advocacy for non-violence and civil rights was shaped by his Quaker faith. “But Rustin has long been denied his proper place,” they write, “largely because he was an openly gay man.” 

Read at Religion Dispatches