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Bayard Rustin: Non-Violent Warrior for Justice/Pacifist Champion for Diversity

Feb 28, 2014, 1:30pm-3pm

Margaret Chisholm (lecturer, Yale Law School) will be speaking on the topic of Bayard Rustin (1912-87).

Many historians now believe that Rustin, an openly gay African-American man, was the strategist for the modern, non-violent, US civil rights movement. Rustin (a teacher, theoretician and practitioner of civil disobedience and non-violence) traced his influences to Henry David Thoreau, Quakerism, Gandhi and the militant suffragists. In his decades-long commitment to civil rights, he visited Japanese American internment camps, organized the first Freedom Ride (1947) and trained Martin Luther King in Gandhian strategies and tactics. In awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom, posthumously, to Rustin in November 2013, Barack Obama stated, “Bayard had an unshakable optimism, nerves of steel and, most importantly, a faith that if the cause is just and the people are organized then nothing can stand in your way.”

Click here to watch a video on Rustin.

Lunch will be provided.


Location:1003 Ignat Kaneff Building
Sponsor:Osgoode Hall Dean's Office, OUTlaws, DSSOC, BLSA, OSAII, OHLU and Legal and Lit.
Posted by:Michelle Owusu
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