Bayard Rustin

Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin

Profession: Civil Rights Activist

United States of America

Biography: The chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous I Have a Dream speech, Rustin was a committed civil rights activist who also led social movements for gay rights, socialism and nonviolence.

He was an honorary chairperson of the Socialist Party USA and helped organize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference which Martin Luther King Jr. led.

Born: March 17, 1910
Birthplace: West Chester, Philadelphia, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: August 24, 1987 (aged 77)
Cause of Death: Perforated appendix

Historical Events

  • 2013-11-20 US President Barack Obama posthumously awards civil rights activist Bayard Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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