Bayard Rustin: Troubles I've Seen: A Biography

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Bayard Rustin's influence on American culture is perhaps immeasurable. He played a key role in infusing the Civil Rights movement with the principles of nonviolence; one of the movement's ablest strategists, he was responsible for organizing two of its most momentous events.

In this biography, Jervis Anderson, who once worked with Rustin, describes the life of this leading Black intellectual from his imprisonment as a conscientious observer during WWII to his relationships with Dr. King, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins and Dorothy Height and the controversy he caused in his later years when he took issue with certain aspects of the Black Power movement. Written with the cooperation of Rustin's friends and colleagues, and with complete access to his personal papers, this is the definitive biography of one of the most important heroes of the Civil Rights movement.

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A lifelong activist, Bayard Rustin was an early proponent of nonviolence, a conscientious objector imprisoned during World War II, and an important figure in the civil rights movement. Nonetheless, because he operated outside the confines of an institution for most of his life, Rustin's contributions have been obscured by time. New Yorker staff writer Jervis Anderson's compelling biography corrects the record, reminding us that Rustin (who died in 1987) drew up the original plans for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and planned the 1963 March on Washington. This is a powerfully written, meticulously researched biography that renders Rustin vividly.

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Historian, biographer and critic, Jervis Anderson has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1968. He is the author of This Was Harlem, A. Philip Randolph: A Biography and Guns in American Life. He has contributed articles to The New Republic, American Scholar, Dissent, Commentary and The New York Review of Books. He has received the Sidney Hillman Foundation Prize, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a National Endowment for the American Historians. From 1966 to 1968, he worked for Bayard Rustin as chief researcher of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, of which Rustin was then executive director.

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