Release Date: December 5, 2014
ISBN: 9781627781268
eISBN: 9781627781435

Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin

by Don Weise

In 1956 Bayard Rustin taught Martin Luther King Jr. strategies of nonviolence during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thereby launching the civil rights movement. Widely acclaimed as a founding father of modern black protest, Rustin reached international notoriety in 1963 as the openly gay organizer of the March on Washington.

Long before the March on Washington, Rustin's leadership placed him at the vanguard of social protest. His gay identity, however, became a point of contention with the movement, with the controversy embroiling even King himself.

Time on Two Crosses offers an insider's view of many of the defining political moments of our time. From Gandhi's impact on African Americans, white supremacists in Congress, and the assassination of Malcolm X to Rustin's never-before-published essays on Louis Farrakhan, affirmative action, and the call for gay rights, Time on Two Crosses chronicles five decades of Rustin's commitment to justice and equality.

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"Time on Two Crosses is…a profound portrait of this neglected yet essential American patriot." -- New York Newsday

"A magnificent contribution to public understanding of a major but neglected figure of the civil rights movement." -- Randall Kennedy, author, Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word

"Americans are finally able to see Rustin as he was...and see, as well, the monumental scale of his achievement." -- New York Times

"Rustin's words reach out to anyone who has bemoaned the gay rights movement's insulation from broader efforts for social justice." -- The Advocate

"There's never been a better time to read what Rustin has to say...His words are filled with thought-provoking wisdom." -- John D’Emilio, author, Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin

"This is a diverse and invaluable collection of writing from one of the 20th century's most important human rights champions." -- The Gay & Lesbian Review/Worldwide


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