[act-ma] Save the Date: Centennial of Bayard Rustin's Birth * Sat. March 17, 5 PM at Cambridge Friends Meeting

Corr, Brian bcorr at cambridgema.gov
Fri Feb 17 08:01:59 PST 2012

[cid:image001.jpg at 01CCED5E.FE7C27C0]I hope you will join the Cambridge Peace Commission, Rev. Canon Ed Rodman, Marian Darlington Hope, Horace Small, Melody Brazo and others as we remember and honor civil rights leader and organizer Bayard Rustin on the 100th anniversary of his birth on Saturday, March 17 at 5:00 PM at the Cambridge Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Place, Cambridge.

This event will include remembrances of Bayard Rustin from those who knew him and reflections on his contributions and legacy, followed by a simple reception and time for informal sharing.

To call Bayard Rustin simply a "civil rights leader" does not do him justice. Bayard was a transformative nonviolent activist for civil rights, democracy, and human rights worldwide. Bayard was a pacifist in the face of war, openly gay in a time of sexual repression and oppression, an African-American Quaker, a labor and human rights activist - and an amazing musician and singer.

* More information about Bayard Rustin and his live is available at www.Rustin.org<http://www.Rustin.org>.
* A wonderful brief biography of Bayard is available at http://www.fgcquaker.org/fit-for-freedom/bayard-rustin. Here is an excerpt: "Bayard Rustin was a nonviolent activist for social change whose life spanned some three quarters of the twentieth century. Although known primarily as a leader in the African-American struggle for civil rights, Rustin also involved himself in movements against war and militarism and those which promoted democracy and human rights internationally, and with the Religious Society of Friends."

Brian Corr
Executive Director, Cambridge Peace Commission
City of Cambridge, Massachusetts
51 Inman St., Cambridge, MA 02139
617.349.4694 voice * 617.349.4766 fax
bcorr at cambridgema.gov<mailto:bcorr at cambridgema.gov>
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