“You have to join every other movement for the freedom of people,” instructed Bayard Rustin, a civil rights activist who lived openly as a gay black man.
An influential speaker and organizer, Rustin was born in Pennsylvania, raised by his grandparents, and surrounded by NAACP leaders such as W.E.B. Du Bois in his youth. In 1936, Wilberforce University expelled him after he organized a strike protesting the cafeteria food. Soon after he was jailed as a conscientious objector to World War II.