Because of his previous ties to the Communist Party, his race, and his sexual orientation, the McCarthy era was extremely dangerous for Rustin. This was one of many reasons why his activism focused on other countries in the 1950s.
Civil rights activist Bayard Rustin during an interview at the Hotel Commodore. (Photo by John Pedin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Topics in this Podcast: executive order 9981, Civil Rights Movement, civil rights, Martin Luther King Jr., Activism, LGBTQ history, Bayard Rustin, Quaker, conscientious objector, LGBTQIA history, black history, Quakers, biographies, 20th century