Bayard Rustin: American Dreamer (The African American History Series)
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Jerald Podair is associate professor of history and the Robert French Professor of American Studies at Lawrence University.
Despite this, as Podair makes clear, Bayard Rustin was one of the most important civil rights leaders—and one of the most important radical leaders—in twentieth-century American history. After his release, Rustin threw himself into work on behalf of pacifism and racial integration, two goals that, at this stage of his career, fit together almost seamlessly. Bayard Rustin was a unique twentieth-century American radical voice. A homosexual, World War II draft resister, and ex-communist, he made enormous contributions to the civil rights, socialist, labor, peace, and gay rights movements in the United States, despite being viewed as an "outsider" even by fellow activists. Podair goes on to examine Rustin's role as the main organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, the most important civil rights demonstration in American history. Rustin was a hu
Poorly researched biography of Bayard Rustin Bayard Rustin was a great man and the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. In this the 50th Anniversary of the March and the 101st year of his birth he deserves far better that what Podair has "dreamed" up . It contains too many factual errors for me to go into here. Instead I suggest people read, "Lost Prophet" by John D"Emillio or "Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement
Illuminating Rustin's struggle to make real America's promise of 'equality and justice for all,' Podair pushes an unsung hero out of the shadows. Jerald Podair's lively engaging portrait of a key organizer in the freedom struggle puts Bayard Rustin's behind-the-scenes work out front for a new generation. (Wesley Hogan, Virginia State University) . His work, at once scholarly and widely accessible, adds a biographer's depth to the key conflicts and triumphs of Rustin's complex, exciting, and sobering life story