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Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin

  • Title: Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin
  • Author: Bayard Rustin Devon W. Carbado Donald Weise
  • ISBN: 9781573441742
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • Time on Two Crosses The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin Bayard Rustin the famed openly gay African American organizer introduced Martin Luther King Jr to the precepts of nonviolence during the Montgomery Bus Boycott thereby launching the birth of the C

    Bayard Rustin, the famed openly gay African American organizer, introduced Martin Luther King, Jr to the precepts of nonviolence during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thereby launching the birth of the Civil Rights Movement in 1955 Widely acclaimed as a founding father of modern black protest, Rustin reached his pinnacle of notoriety in 1963 as organizer of the March on WasBayard Rustin, the famed openly gay African American organizer, introduced Martin Luther King, Jr to the precepts of nonviolence during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thereby launching the birth of the Civil Rights Movement in 1955 Widely acclaimed as a founding father of modern black protest, Rustin reached his pinnacle of notoriety in 1963 as organizer of the March on Washington.Long before the March on Washington and King s ascendance to international prominence, Rustin put his life on the line to challenge racial segregation His open homosexuality, however, remained a point of contention among black church leaders, with controversy sometimes embroiling even King himself.Time on Two Crosses showcases the extraordinary career of this black gay civil rights pioneer Spanning five decades, the book combines classic texts ranging in topic from Gandhi s impact on African Americans, white supremacists in Congress, the antiwar movement, and the assassination of Malcolm X, with never before published selections on the call for gay rights, Louis Farrakhan, affirmative action, AIDS, and women s rights Also included are twenty five photos from the Rustin estate.

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    1. Rustin has intrigued me since I readParting the Waters in college. He was a core ally of King, who valued him enormously as an organizer and strategist, but also acknowledged him a liability because he was an out gay man with a history of Communism. So, an interesting fellow in his own right, and one timely to reflect on in our present intersectional and ideological moment.The best essays here show why King, Randolph, and others admired Rustin. His strategic intelligence illuminates topics as va [...]

    2. I read this along with the biography by John D'Emilio. These writings have an immediacy to them; one feels immersed in the times and events that Rustin is experiencing. One gets glimpses of Rustin's charisma. I listened to the Audible books on tape version. It may have been particularly effective. I am struck by Ruskin's commitment to nonviolence and the breath of the issues in which he was involved.

    3. A great way at looking at individual primary sources and writings by Rustin.The only negative thing I have to say is that the source does not give any indication of where and specifically when they were published. The context of them is wasted unless you have much understanding of what was happening at that point in time. Other than that, a really helpful and informative read.

    4. In celebration of black history month. The proof that one believes is in action. — Bayard RustinThe best way to destroy a culture is to deny, suppress, or appropriate that people’s history. A culture without its art, without its myths, without its heroes will soon wither and die. For millennia indigenous peoples all over the world have suffered this kind of cultural rape at the hands of more powerful invaders. In America, slavery and segregation did its worst for African culture. And, in a r [...]

    5. Stimulating reading on many levels was this, my follow-up to "Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin" by John d'Emilio.Rustin was a movement strategist par excellence; I wanted to learn as much as I can from his strategical insights. I got that for sure and so much more: Inspiration. Wisdom. And amazement at how much greater impact his Christian faith had on his life and work than was indicated by d'Emilio's biography.Highpoints: How we taught Black youth that nonviolence doesn't work [...]

    6. Great collection of essays, speeches, interviews and journal entries from over the course of Bayard Rustin's life-- ties together threads from the civil rights, gay rights, and economic justice movements with Rustin's personal queer, black, Quaker pacifist standpoint. Touches on so much, but definitely highlights his socialism and the way in which economic justice ties so many issues of inequality together.It feels dated at moments, but that's to be expected when reading something with the gaze [...]

    7. I think Bayard Rustin should be required reading for American activists in the human rights arenas. I know that folks will have their own opinions about Israel and other topics that Mr. Rustin addresses, but the bottom line is that this openly gay man is the person who taught Gandhian non-violence to Martin Luther King, Jr. He organized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and is one of the most under-appreciated forces in the African American civil rights movement. A treasure and a [...]

    8. I found Bayard Rustin's earliest writings the most interesting - glimpses into the life and thought of a brilliant and inspirational human rights activist who was a central strategist of the civil rights movement. If you read his 1949 essay "Twenty-Two Days on a Chain Gang" you will never forget it. As someone who worked so closely with Dr. King, his writing on Malcolm X is fascinating. His vision about gay rights - and everything else - is prescient. Some of the later writing about Zimbabwe ind [...]

    9. On every page, the poignancy and fearlessness Bayard Rustin displayed shines through. I'm really enjoyed reading about his reflections as a conscientious objector as well as some of the post-WW2, pre-Brown v. Board actions he was involved in, including testing integration on interstate bus travel. I really gravitate toward the great minds of the movement: Rustin, Levinson, Nash, etc. and look forward to completing this reading.

    10. I enjoyed this collection of writings immensely. The book is broken into sections by topic, and each topic has the essays in chronological order.I do quibble with the categorization of this book under African American Studies/Gay Studies. It should be categorized under Politics and History.Full disclosure: I got this from a giveaway.

    11. Mr. Rustin was true pioneer. Humble, dogged, intellectuale man behind the movement. His actions inspire me to be a better citizen and to be a voice for those who need to be fought for. I hope all activists learn from his compassion and strategy.

    12. An awesome collection of essays that explore the complexities of several social movements. I love this man!

    13. B I heard about Bayard Rustin, an amazing Civil Rights and LGBT activist, on NPR. This book collects many of his speeches, essays, and journals. Eye-opening essays.

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