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Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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 Was...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published July 10th 2003 by Cleis Press
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Nancy Mott
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...more
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.
Adrien Lawyer
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...more
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 Goodreads giveaway.
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.
An awesome collection of essays that explore the complexities of several social movements.

I love this man!
some really good stuff, but more dry, newsy, and political than i had hoped for.
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