By Jerald Podair
Bayard Rustin used to be a different 20th-century American radical voice. A gay, global conflict II draft resister, and ex-communist, Rustin made huge, immense contributions to the civil rights, socialist, hard work, peace, and homosexual rights hobbies within the usa, regardless of being considered as an intruder through fellow activists. writer Jerold Podair additionally comprises excerpts from Rustin's writings, speeches, letters, and statements, permitting the reader to realize firsthand interplay with essentially the most very important civil rights leaders?and the most very important radical leaders?in 20th-century American historical past.
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S. civil rights movement during the late 1960s that affected him most deeply, by exposing the limitations of nonviolent direct action as a practical strategy. These challenges lay in the future as Rustin’s African tour came to an end in early 1953. Rustin was now well known within the pacifist community, but in view of its small size and limited influence, he was largely under the national radar. The Cold War, the arms race, and the Korean War ground on in the face of the pacifist movement he represented.
Rustin would later serve twenty-two days on a North Carolina chain gang for his attempt to integrate the Chapel Hill bus. None of the white attackers were arrested. The Journey continued through North Carolina and into Tennessee and Kentucky. Along the way Rustin held meetings to explain the group’s philosophy and state the case for the desegregation of public facilities in the South. As was so often the case, the force of his mind, words, and personality was such that few audiences ever forgot him.
The combination of self-interest and high principle that typifies American electoral politics led these politicians to incorporate black voters into their constituencies. This in turn produced a group of African American elected officials, such as Congressmen Adam Clayton Powell of New York and William Dawson of Chicago, who not only wielded power locally but ensured that the issue of Southern racism would reach a Northern as well as international audience. They were aided in this effort by the Cold War, which offered the Soviet Union a rich propaganda opportunity in its competition with the United States for the allegiance of developing, largely nonwhite nations.
Bayard Rustin: American Dreamer (The African American History Series) by Jerald Podair