We were so proud to recently learn that we were awarded first place in the Excellence in Radio category from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association for the Black History Month special we did about Bayard Rustin, titled Bayard Rustin – Who Is This Man? It is a true honor to have had the chance to work with so many people that worked with Bayard and that have written about him and even taught his doctrine of non-violent resistance that forever changed Martin Luther King Jr.’s approach to the Civil Rights struggle. Bayard spoke his mind and stuck to his convictions no matter what the consequences were. He was also openly gay in a time where that was met with an excruciating amount of disdain. Black, gay, Quaker . . . a number of seemingly incompatible labels that served to earn him as many detractors as admirers.
Listen to the radio episode and be sure to check out our other collateral for the episode including a video podcast from SOTRU host, Al Letson, a slideshow that features incredible Rustin pictures and an audio podcast about the music of Bayard Rustin. We are certain that this is the type of episode you will want to share with your friends whether it’s Black History Month or not. SOTRU would love to hear from you with your thoughts about the Rustin episode and the award from the NLGJA.