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21 January 2008

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Mel Smith

EVERY black gay person should know something about Bayard Rustin. He was one of the greatest human rights leaders that ever lived. If you know about Dr. King, you should no something about Bayard Rustin. Rod thanks for sharing this great information.

Maurice

Thanks for sharing. Bayard Rustin's life gives me hope and inspiration.

KG

Great post!

Not only was he one of the most prominent gay black figures of the 20th century, but a prominent black figure.

A friend of mine interviewed the makers of this extraordinary film, heres the link.

http://www.wiretapmag.org/race/43331

Andy Niable

Every PERSON, black or gay or otherwise, should know about Rustin. It's a fine documentary.

taylor Siluwé

And I must also praise LOGO for airing this documentary. So many of us grew up not knowing of Rustin's brilliance, or his gayness.

Some say his sexuality was aside from the point. This is true. However in a world which is still as homophobic as ever, todays black youth need to know that the man who was responsible for organizing the '63 march on Washingtion where Dr. King had the opportunity to deliver his historic 'I have a dream' speech was a gay man, and proudly so.

It is sad that so many in 2008 still live in fear of being who they are, when Bayard Rustin did it in the 1930's, 40's and 50's and didn't give a shit who didn't like it.

Truly a great man, and role model for us all to embrace our sexuality ... and screw the haters.

Dluv

Aside from his political life, I like how the documentary showed Mr. Rustin as a beautiful, stylish, worldly, sophisticated black gay man who was just as charasmatic as Dr. King. That's the way I want to be when I grow up! ;-)

Beki

I am so happy that this show is being aired!! Wouldn't it be great if we could get this show into public schools?

Derrick from Philly

We all agree Bayard Rustin was a hero. What strikes me is the relationship between Rustin and Clayton Powell. Powell seemed ruthless in his hatred for Rustin. Even though Powell ended in disgrace, for years he was a hero among Black Americans all over the country. To think he allowed his own petty insecurities and ego drive him to try to humiliate Bayard Rustin and Dr. King.

I never know whom I'm more bitter towards: the guys in the hood (North Philly) who were loud and violent in their contempt for openly gay people, or the educated, middle-class guys who always greeted gays with a smirk and an attitude of contemptuous superiority--the ones like Powell. My highschool was full of guys like Powell...good ol' Central High.

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