Bayard Rustin – Who Is This Man?
By Brenton Crozier
State of the Re:Union is excited to announce that our Black History Month special, “Bayard Rustin – Who Is This Man?” will be airing on public radio stations across the country during January, February and March.
August 28th, 1963 will forever be tied to Martin Luther King Jr.’s hallowed “I Have a Dream Speech.” This historic moment would probably have never come to fruition if it weren’t for a man standing in King’s shadow, Mr. Bayard Rustin. Bayard Rustin was a man with a number of seemingly incompatible labels: black, gay, Quaker . . . identifications that served to earn him as many detractors as admirers. Although he had numerous passions and pursuits, his most transformative act, one that certainly changed the course of American history, was to counsel MLK on the use of non-violent resistance.
Our episode spans from early in life when he counseled MLK on the non-violent resistance that would shape his movement to late in life when Rustin falls in love and champions a new cause.
Additionally, we will be updating carriage information so that you can listen to the episode when it airs in your area. The Rustin special is currently airing on:
- 2.26 at 6 a.m. (FM) and 2 p.m. (AM)
- 2.27 at 8 p.m. (AM)
Check back for updated carriage.