Bayard Rustin on MLK, 1969

“April 4, 1969 will mark the first anniversary of the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I can think of no better way to observe that Good Friday than to reflect on the meaning of Dr. King’s life and his death, and to rededicate ourselves to the continuation of his work. Dr. King’s philosophy […]

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Concience of the Nation

by dianeravitch, 1/16/17 I was never fortunate enough to meet Dr. King, but I was a member of the vast crowd that stood on the Mall when he spoke to the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. I became a good friend of his close aide Bayard Rustin, who like Dr. King, was eloquent […]

Bayard Rustin’s 104th birthday

Friends, Today is Bayard Rustin’s 104th birthday. A Black, gay, nonviolent activist, and an influential strategist/tactician, Bayard began as a radical outsider, yet received a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2013. Since his death in 1987, he has become more widely known than during his lifetime, and his journey continues […]

Bayard Rustin a Medal of Freedom honoree

By Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 11/21/13 The borough of West Chester was represented Wednesday at the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, where borough native Bayard Rustin was one of 16 individuals honored this year. West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta was invited to be a guest at the ceremony in the East Room of the […]

Mayor invited to White House to honor Bayard Rustin!

email from Mayor Comitta, 11/18/13 I am honored to have been invited by President and Mrs. Obama to the White House for the Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony and Reception on November 20th. West Chester’s own Bayard Rustin is one of the recipients of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed […]

Bayard Rustin’s civil rights legacy

by Mchael P. Rellahan, Daily Local News, 8/24/13 His work helped galvanize MLK’s ideals in Chester County WEST CHESTER — Without the supreme eloquence of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s stirring “I Have a Dream” speech delivered at the March of Washington, D.C. — the 50th anniversary of which will occur Wednesday — the […]