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: 20th century, biographies, Quakers, black history, nonviolent protest, conscientious objector, Bayard Rustin, LGBTQ history, Activism, Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights, Civil Rights Movement, executive order 9981, LGBTQIA history