Looking at the Legacy of Bayard Rustin

As a gay African American, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin faced discrimination his entire life—sometimes, Walter Naegle reminds us, among his fellow Friends. Walter, Rustin’s partner and companion in his final decades, discusses his vital contributions to Quaker testimony of peace, integrity and equality.

“Bayard believed in the oneness of the human family, in the brotherhood and sisterhood of all people,” Walter says. “He believed in the power of nonviolence which comes out of that belief in the oneness of all people.… He saw everybody as equal in the eyes of the Divine.”

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3 thoughts on “Looking at the Legacy of Bayard Rustin

  1. I thought of trying to document the life of Dana Raphael, long time member of Wilton Quaker Meeting who passed a few years ago at 91. She was a student of Margaret Mead, an anthropoligist. She founded the Human Lactation Institute to promote breast feeding all over the world and was the first to coin the word “doula” in the US after seeing the role in women in Greece who cared for new mothers while the new mothers cared for their babies.
    there is much more including double dates with Lenny Bernstein and her own interst in ballet and achievements as a pianist.

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