March 17, 1910
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Brother Outsider Bayard Rustin
Bayard Rustin March 17, 1910 –August 24, 1987 was an American civil rights activist, important largely behind the scenes in of the 1960s and earlier, and one of the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington. It was his early mastery of the philosophy of Gandhi that led him to be foremost in counseling the Rev. Martin L. King, Jr. on the techniques of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience .
For much of his career, Rustin lived in
Solely because of his homosexuality, he agreed to remain largely in the background of the civil rights movement once Dr. King rose to leadership.
A year before his death in 1987, Rustin said: "Twenty-five, thirty years ago, the barometer of human rights in the