Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fact of the Day: The Unknown Civil Rights Leader

Bayard Rustin was one of most influential people in the Civil Rights Movement, but remains rather unknown today. Most credit this due to the fact that he was openly gay. He continued to campaign for civil rights in the 70s and the 80s for the LGBT community. He passed away in 1987, but was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2013. 

19 comments:

DWei said...

What a shame that he had to hide himself like that. He'd be proud to see how far we've come though.

Bob Bushell said...

Long live Bayard.

Pat Hatt said...

Never even heard of him, thankfully things have changed some

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Too bad he couldn't be around today to see how things are changing.

Sharon said...

What are civil rights? haha

A Beer For The Shower said...

Well, at least SOME know who he is and what he did. Better than being forgotten entirely.

Mª Pilar Domínguez said...

Something to take into account. Well done for president Obama.Kisses:)

Theresa said...

Sounds like a fighter. It had to be very tough for him to be a gay black man during that time period, but he got his name out there, even if a little, to advocate for a cause he believed in!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Now I am interested to learn more about Bayard Rustin. Thanks Adam!

Fundy Blue said...

President Obama made excellent choices for the PMOFs. I wish BR were still alive and could see that progress is being made, slowly but surely, in the LGBT civil rights movement.

Dana said...

Good to know. Thanks, Adam!

Kati said...

True - I had also never heard of him!

Have a great day,
-Kati

Caramella said...

Thanks to you and your blog, he's more known now! Good that you shared this piece of history

LV said...

I do not know anything about this person. I rty to stay away from too much political issues.

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John DeBellis said...

Got his due a little late

Holy Ghost Writer said...

First I've heard of him to

Christine said...

Interesting!