Black Folk You Should Know Not Named Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bayard Rustin was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, on March 17, 1912. He moved to New York in the 1930s and was involved in pacifist groups and early civil rights protests. Combining non-violent resistance with organizational skills, he was a key adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. Though he was arrested several times for his own civil disobedience and open homosexuality, he continued to fight for equality. He died in New York City on August 24, 1987. [Continue reading complete biography at Biography.com.]
For further reading and research, see also:
Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin by Bayard Rustin, Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise. [book link]
SYMBOLS & MYSTICISM #24
Two women. One black. One white.
Fred Wilson, ‘the mete of the muse’, 2004-2007. Bronze with black patina and bronze with white paint.
Wilson, a recipient of the Macarthur Foundation Genius Grant, is known for using his art to examine and deconstruct traditional methods of displaying art in museums, particularly in regard to racial content and cultural assumptions.