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INFO:  Bayard Rustin was a leader in U.S. movements for civil rights, socialism, non-violence, and gay rights. He was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Rustin also influenced young activists, such as Stokely Carmichael, in organizations like the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was arrested for his sexuality in 1953; LGBT people were criminalized in parts of the United States until 2003. Rustin’s extremely public criminal charge was criticized by some fellow civil-rights leaders, including Black power militants. This led to Rustin choosing to remain a behind the scenes influential leader to avoid conflict. In the 1970s, he became a public advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian causes.

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