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Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987) was an awesome African American Civil rights activist, important largely behind the scenes in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and earlier. Rustin is credited as the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

HRustine counseled Martin Luther King Jr on the techniques of nonviolent resistance. He became an advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian causes in the latter part of his career. Homosexuality was criminalized at the time, which made him a target of suspicion and compromised some of his effectiveness.

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