Bayard Rustin (1912-1987), practitioner of non violence, political theorist, adviser to Martin Luther King, Jr., organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights, fighter for economic and social justice for African Americans, internationalist, homosexual, and musician will be celebrated in this exhibit.
Rustin was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1912, and later attended Cheney University. In the late 1930s, Rustin moved to New York City and immersed himself in progressive politics of the day. By the early 1950s, the U.S. peace movement began thinking of Rustin as the “American Gandhi” due to his work in the civil rights movement, practice of non-violence, and actions against war.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection will exhibit original documents, photographs, and sound recordings illustrating the life and work of this extraordinary American.