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Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin's Other Major Contributions

Bayard Rustin's Childhood
The Civil Rights Movement: A Background
Rustin's Involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
Bayard Rustin's Other Major Contributions

Besides conributing to the Civil Rights movement, Bayard Rustin accomplished many feats in his lifetime, and had a deep interest in politics, which caused him to become involved in various other pressing political issues in the world.

Besides being a Civil Rights activist, Rustin also supported many other progresssive movements. These included several anti-nuclear demonstrations around the world, along with an active membership in organizations such as the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the War Resister's League, and the Congress of Racial Equality, an organization which, in part, stemmed from various local organizations Rustin had helped to create earlier.

One of the larger movements Rustin became involved in was the Free India Movement; Rustin learned by example from Gandhi's nonviolent protests, and applied them to the battle for equal rights in America. Rustin also formed the Free India committee, which contributed to India's eventual acquiring of independence from Britain.

Rustin also protested the internment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II, for which he was later arrested and made to serve 28 months in jail. He was also a pacifist, and refused to serve in the military; for this, too, he was arrested. Soon after the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Rustin lectured and petitioned against the further production and use of these powerful weapons.

~The life and achievements of Bayard Rustin~