Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin  Photo Credit: Google Images

Bayard Rustin
Photo Credit: Google Images

Bayard Rustin was born in 1912 in Pennsylvania. During World War II, he planned to organize a march on Washington challenging segregation in the military. In response, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802 which ended segregation in all federal agencies. Rustin fought for the rights of Japanese-Americans when they were confined during the war. In 1942, he created the nonviolent Congress for Racial Equality (CORE). He was arrested several times for protesting against colonial rule in India and Africa. In 1947 he organized the Journey of Reconciliation to protest segregated buses.

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