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Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement

Haskins, Jim

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ISBN 10: 078682140X / ISBN 13: 9780786821402
Published by Disney-Hyperion, 1996
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Title: Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the ...

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication Date: 1996

Book Condition:Good

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A biography of Bayard Rustin, a skillful organizer behind the scenes of the American civil rights movement whose ideas stongly influenced Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Gr. 5^-8. With his reputation clouded by the triple whammy of belonging to the Communist Party as a young man, being a homosexual, and being repeatedly imprisoned, Bayard Rustin is relatively unknown even though his organizational skills and commitment to nonviolent protest shaped the civil rights movement. In exploring the life and work of this African American leader, Haskins highlights and personalizes 50 years of American history in which black people fought for and attained protection for their civil rights. The author adeptly seeks out the forces that shaped Rustin's beliefs--among them, his grandmother who raised him as a Quaker--and describes the evolution of Rustin's political activism. Sensitive to hatred of all kinds, Rustin remained dedicated to nonviolence throughout his life, spending years in prison for refusing to fight in World War II and eventually teaching Gandhi's principles of nonviolence as a protest tactic to Martin Luther King Jr. The leader's crowning achievement was organizing the 1963 March on Washington. Haskins not only gives enough personal information to flesh out his subject (Rustin was a talented musician and skilled collector) but also presents each historical event with nuance, fairness, and clarity. Obviously an excellent resource for reports, this is also a moving, inspirational story. Susan Dove Lempke

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