Bayard Taylor Rustin was a major player in the civil rights movement. He planned the 1963 March on Washington, which brought more than two hundred thousand people to the nation’s capital to demonstrate for civil rights. It was there that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Had a Dream” speech.
Rustin was much influenced by a trip he took to India in 1948 where he learned of Mahatma Gandhi’s success with non-violent activism. When he became Martin Luther King’s major advisor and mentor, Rustin inspired King to dedicate himself to fighting by non-violent means.
Because Rustin was known to be gay, many white and African-American leaders insisted King distance himself from Rustin. This forced Rustin to work behind-the-scenes, but he nonetheless had a paramount role in the effort to end racial segregation and racial discrimination.
“The Rainbow Minute,” a radio show on WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio, is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM every Weekday at 9:03am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
The Rainbow Minute is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM, WRIR Richmond Independent Radio, every Weekday at 7:59 a.m, 12:29 p.m. and 4:59 p.m. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
Patricia R. Corbett is an award-winning playwright, an artist, advocate, educator, published author, personal historian, editor, feminist, and entrepreneur. Her passions are art, community service, social justice, and education. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Virginia Union University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Patricia’s art [...]