Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin

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9781573441742: Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin, the famed openly-gay African American organizer, introduced Martin Luther King, Jr. to the precepts of nonviolence during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thereby launching the birth of the Civil Rights Movement in 1955. Widely acclaimed as a founding father of modern black protest, Rustin reached his pinnacle of notoriety in 1963 as organizer of the March on Washington.

Long before the March on Washington and King’s ascendance to international prominence, Rustin put his life on the line to challenge racial segregation. His open homosexuality, however, remained a point of contention among black church leaders, with controversy sometimes embroiling even King himself.

Time on Two Crosses showcases the extraordinary career of this black gay civil rights pioneer. Spanning five decades, the book combines classic texts ranging in topic from Gandhi’s impact on African Americans, white supremacists in Congress, the antiwar movement, and the assassination of Malcolm X, with never-before published selections on the call for gay rights, Louis Farrakhan, affirmative action, AIDS, and women’s rights. Also included are twenty-five photos from the Rustin estate.

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About the Author:

Devon Carbado is Professor of Law and African American Studies at the University of California-Los Angeles. He is coeditor of Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual African American Fiction (Cleis), winner of the 2003 Lambda Literary Award and the Independent Publisher Award, and editor of Black Men on Race, Gender, and Sexuality: A Critical Reader (New York UP). Donald Weise is coeditor of Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual African American Fiction, as well as The Huey P. Newton Reader (Seven Stories). He is also editor of Gore Vidal’s Los Angeles Times bestseller Gore Vidal: Sexually Speaking—Collected Sex Writings (Cleis).

Review:

"'Time on Two Crosses' is...a profound portrait of this neglected yet essential American patriot." -- New York Newsday, August 3, 2003

"A magnificent contribution to public understanding of a major but neglected figure of the civil rights movement." -- Randall Kennedy, author, Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word

"Americans are finally able to see Rustin as he was...and see, as well, the monumental scale of his achievement." -- New York Times, August 23, 2003

"Rustin's words reach out to anyone who has bemoaned the gay rights movement's insulation from broader efforts for social justice." -- The Advocate, September 2, 2003

"There's never been a better time to read what Rustin has to say...His words are filled with thought-provoking wisdom." -- John D’Emilio, author, Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin

"This is a diverse and invaluable collection of writing from one of the 20th century's most important human rights champions." -- The Gay & Lesbian Review/Worldwide, January/February 2004

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