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Bayard Rustin (1912 - 1987)

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Bayard Rustin
Born in West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of [private husband (1950s - unknown)]
[children unknown]
Died in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United Statesmap
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Profile last modified | Created 22 Jun 2016
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Categories: US Civil Rights Activists | Activists and Reformers | LGBT | American Notables.


Bayard Rustin is Notable.
  • Known Civil Rights Activists, Activist for Gay Rights, Socialism and Non-Violence
  • Quaker upbringing
  • 1963 A primary organizer of the March on Washington[1]
  • Openly homosexual in a time when his orientation was primarily seen as immoral[2]
  • son of Florence Rustin, 16 at the time of his birth
  • son of Archie Hopkins, was not a part of his life[2]
  • Raised by his grandparents, Janifer & Julia (Davis) Rustin[2]
  • Quaker (grandmother) & AME church (grandfather)[3]
  • A report he wrote on prison conditions after serving 30 days hard labor led to some reforms[2]
  • died at Lenox Hill Hospital
  • cremated[4]
  • 1982 unable to marry his same-sex partner, Rustin ADOPTED him - Walter Neagle was 30 at the time.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia: Bayard Rustin, accessed 22 June 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Wilson, Trace V. and Holly Frey. "Bayard Rustin 'Angelic Troublemaker' (Part 1)." Stuff You Missed in History Class (Podcast) 20 June 2016. Web. 22 June 2016

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