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Thursday, February 27 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

As part of Ally Week LGBTQI Life in collaboration with the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center (BCC) invites you to a book discussion of Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin by Bayard Rustin (Author) , Devon W. Carbado (Author) , Donald Weise (Author)

Time on Two Crosses showcases the extraordinary career of this black gay civil rights pioneer. Spanning five decades, the book combines classic texts ranging in topic from Gandhi’s impact on African Americans, white supremacists in Congress, the antiwar movement, and the assassination of Malcolm X, with never-before published selections on the call for gay rights, Louis Farrakhan, affirmative action, AIDS, and women’s rights. Also included are twenty-five photos from the Rustin estate.

Bayard Rustin, the famed openly-gay African American organizer, introduced Martin Luther King, Jr. to the precepts of nonviolence during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thereby launching the birth of the Civil Rights Movement in 1955. Widely acclaimed as a founding father of modern black protest, Rustin reached his pinnacle of notoriety in 1963 as organizer of the March on Washington.

Long before the March on Washington and King’s ascendance to international prominence, Rustin put his life on the line to challenge racial segregation. His open homosexuality, however, remained a point of contention among black church leaders, with controversy sometimes embroiling even King himself.


Please contact Petey Peterson at petey.peterson@vanderbilt.edu for more information on how to get a copy of the book Time on Two Crosses.

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