Monday, January 17, 2011

BROTHER OUTSIDER

This Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday I'd like to introduce you to or remind you of, an amazing man, Bayard Rustin.

He was an incredibly influential person in the civil rights movement.

As a student of Ghandi, he was responsible for Martin Luther King Jr.'s full embracing of non-violence in all aspects of his life.

The incredible paradox of this man's story is that while he was shaping and pushing the civil rights movement forward, he was being discriminated against within the movement and the world.  He accepted it and continued the fight.

He did not seek or receive any glory but he is one the framers of that movement that history has chosen to forgot.  

Hopefully in the age of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", and hopefully on the cusp of marriage equality we can all learn the incredible histories of those that have been hidden.

Bayard's legacy is that history is made by real people, that we all have something to say and to contribute.



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