Bayard Rustin's Local Roots

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Event Date: 
February 2, 2012 - 12:00am to August 30, 2012 - 8:00pm
Closes / Opens Month: 
Closes August 2012

Bayard Rustin (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987), whose 100th birthday would have been March 2012, was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, pacifism and non-violence, and gay rights.  He was also a West Chester native who was active here and across the nation in the struggle for human rights and economic justice for over 50 years.  Rustin’s extensive background in the theory, strategies, and tactics of nonviolent action proved invaluable his close association with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This exhibit explored how Rustin became who he was because of his experiences and environment here in Chester County.  

Our deepest gratitude to The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Heritage Philadelphia Program, The Philadelphia Foundation, PGN, West Chester Area Education Foundation, West Chester Friends School, and Queen of Hearts Catering for their support of this exhibit.