On this day of remembering the birth of a man who beget the Civil Rights’ Movement, State of the Re:Union would like to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the man who helped his “I Have a Dream” speech come to fruition.
It was Bayard Rustin who urged Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to use a peaceful and non-violent approach when disseminating messages of equality and freedom. That was what made the world-renowned speech so impactful — it made the rest of the United States take note. Today, we celebrate the day that freedom for all began its ascent into the culture of America, and just as the great Doctor King, Jr., we revere the notion of peace and recognize it as a necessity in overcoming adversity.
To find out more on the relationship between Bayard Rustin, MLK, and the Civil Right’s Movement, listen on the player below or click here to visit our episode page and find out how one man’s beliefs unfolded into freedom for all.Bayard Rustin Episode
Our episode, originally produced in 2010, spans from early in life when he counseled MLK, Jr. on the non-violent resistance that would shape his movement to late in life when Rustin falls in love and champions a new cause.
When you have listened to your hearts content, use the box to tell us what this celebration means for you.