It is officially black history month so I figured for the rest of the month, I will talk about different black history figures.
For the first day of black history, I would like to turn your attention to Bayard Rustin. Rustin was part of the civil rights movements in the 1960’s.
Rustin was born on March 17, 1912 in west Pennsylvania. His family were active in the NAACP and the civil rights movement. He attended Wilberforce University. He completed four years but did not take his exams. He then attended Cheyney State Teachers college and joined American Friends Service Committee.
Later on he joined the Communist Youth League and the communist movement, to help free the Scottsboro boys who were accused of raping two white women.
Along with his activism, he was a talented tenor vocalist. He joined the Josh White and Carolinians band. The group would often play in night clubs. Eventually Rustins recorded his own 10 inch LP.
In 1942, Rustins assisted James L. Farmer and George Houser, with the creation of CORE(Congress for Racial Equality). Since Rustins considered himself a pacifist, he disagreed with the induction into the United States military, and he was arrested and spent two years in the penitentiary.
Rustins still managed to organize protests behind bars. In 1956, Rustins came across Dr. King, and decided to give him advice on peaceful protesting. The two began working closely together.
There was so much that Rustins did to contribute to the freedom of African Americans. He went down in history as a black hero.