Bayard Rustin: Who Is This Man? produced by Tina Antolini
Another special hour-long program this week for Black History Month. We will be presenting an episode of Al Letson's award-winning State of the Re:Union which discovers the words and wisdom of an unsung hero who changed the course of American history. You see, MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech has become the shorthand of the Civil Rights Movement - but we might never have heard it, if it were not for another man, who’s largely been purposefully forgotten by history: Bayard Rustin. Rustin mentored Dr. King, helped to engineer the March on Washington, and frame the Montgomery bus boycott. Over this hour, we explore the life and legacy of Mr. Rustin, a black, homosexual, pacifist who brought Gandhian non-violent protest to America.