Episode 22: Bae-yard Rustin: The Man Behind the March

February means love and Black history, so join Gretchen and Leigh as they celebrate both by diving into into the life and work of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin! Due to his being gay, Rustin’s role as advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr. and in organizing the 1963 March on Washtington was actively erased for several decades. Fortunately, he’s been gaining more recognition in recent years and both queer history and civil rights history is actively recovering his memory and legacy. So join us as we talk about one of the most impactful but least well-known activists of the civil rights movement.


0:00 – Introduction
5:14 – Main Topic: Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March
5:23– Socio-Historical Context
12:00 – Who were they? Bio Time.
1:05:17 – Why do we think they're gay?
1:23:17 – Fun Segment: Pop Culture Tie-In
1:27:05 – How Gay were They?
1:29:20 – Closing and Where to Find us Online

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