Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin

Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin

by Bayard Rustin

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ISBN-13: 9781573446334
Publisher: Cleis Press
Publication date: 08/01/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Devon W. Carbado is the editor of Black Men on Race, Gender, and Sexuality. He lives in Los Angeles. Black Like Us, 2nd Edition "This rich anthology will take your breath away." — The Advocate "Skillfully unfolds the black queer voice." — Out Magazine "This enormously powerful and expansive book covers the eras from 1900 to 2000 in dozens of entries that showcase writers who are household names, and others who aren’t, as America experienced sea changes around gender, race, and sexual orientation." —The Urban News

Table of Contents

Foreword Barack Obama vii

A Word from Walter Naegle viii

Introduction ix

Part 1 The Making of a Movement

Nonviolence vs. Jim Crow (1942) 1

The Negro and Nonviolence (1942) 6

Letter to the Draft Board (1943) 11

We Challenged Jim Crow (1947) 14

Civil Disobedience, Jim Crow, and the Armed Forces (1948) 28

Twenty-Two Days on a Chain Gang (1949) 31

Montgomery Diary (1956) 58

Fear in the Delta (1956) 66

New South…Old Politics (1956) 95

Even in the Face of Death (1957) 102

Part 2 The Politics of Protest

The Meaning of Birmingham (1963) 110

Preamble to the March on Washington (1963) 112

From Protest to Politics: The Future of the Civil Rights Movement (1964) 116

Some Lessons from Watts (1965) 130

The Mind of the Black Militant (1967) 139

Guns, Bread, and Butter (1967) 147

The Anatomy of Frustration (1968) 151

No More Guns (1969) 160

Part 3 African American Leadership

Bayard Rustin Meets Malcolm X (1960) 164

Making His Mark: The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) 173

In Defense of Muhammad Ali (1967) 182

Dr. King's Painful Dilemma (1967) 184

Reflections on the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968) 186

The Total Vision of A. Philip Randolph (1969) 196

Eldridge Cleaver and the Democratic Idea (1976) 202

A Black Presidential Candidacy? (1983) 207

The Curious Case of Louis Farrakhan (1985) 210

Part 4 Equality Beyond Race

The Myth of Black Studies (1969) 214

The Failure of Black Separatism (1970) 217

Feminism and Equality (1970) 237

The Blacks and the Unions (1971) 239

Black Women and Women's Liberation (1972) 256

Affirmative Action in an Economy of Scarcity (1974) 259

Civil Rights and Uncivil Wrongs (1982) 265

Civil Rights: Twenty Years Later (1983) 267

Part 5 Gay Rights

From Montgomery to Stonewall (1986) 272

The New "Niggers" Are Gays (1986) 275

Brother to Brother: An Interview with Joseph Beam (1986) 277

Black and Gay in the Civil Rights Movement: An Interview with Open Hands (1987) 281

Martin Luther King's Views on Gay People (1987) 292

The Importance of gay Rights Legislation (1987) 295

Time on Two Crosses: An Interview with George Chauncey, Jr. (1987) 299

Part 6 Equality Beyond America

African Revolution (1958) 306

How Black Americans See Black Africans-and Vice Versa (1969) 314

American Negroes and Isreal (1974) 318

A U.S. Coalition on Human Rights (1977) 327

The War Against Zimbabwe (1979) 333

A Way Out: Solutions for South Africa (1983) 350

Afterword Barney Frank 353

Bibliography 354

About the Editors 356

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Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They say you learn something new every day. Bayard Rustin is an inspiration that everyone should become familiar with. This is a riveting collection that made me want to learn more about this period in history. With Rustin fighting not only for civil rights for black people in America, but openly speaking out for gays. This is truly a book to inspire and motivate people. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an incredible book. Composed of journal entries written by Bayard Rustin, Time on Two Crosses explores what life was really like for African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. In the book you will find black and white photos that chronicle Rustin's journey throughout these years (from meeting Malcolm X to him on the high school football team). Rustin's honest inner-monologues and experiences are still relevant in this day and age as prejudices remain prevalent. Pick up this book and give it a read. You'll be happy you did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Time on Two Crosses is a thought-provoking, insightful portrait of the often overlooked Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin.  These collected writings give you a first-hand account of the man who taught Martin Luther King Jr. that nonviolence was possible to create a positive, lasting movement.  This is a very important piece of history, not only for history buffs, but for the average American who would like a deeper insight into our nation’s troubled past from an intelligent man who has hardly even received a nod by popular culture today. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An important read for today's political landscape! This is hardly the first time that a comparison has been made between the Civil Rights Movement of the '60s to the Gay Rights Movement of today, but Time on Two Crosses helps put the last 50 years in perspective. Rustin's insight is invaluable to our split society. Definitely recommend this fantastic read!
shannonkearns on LibraryThing 7 months ago
What I appreciate most about Rustin is his insistence on the intersectionality of all human rights and justice movements. He focuses not only on overturning racism and prejudice but also the systemic causes of injustice and disparity in the US and around the world. His take on many issues is still relevant today.
SuperReaderBK More than 1 year ago
The Prime Mover of the Civil Rights Movement I never knew who Bayard Rustin was until the recent celebrations of Selma and all the news coverage around this. Now I know Rustin was the architect of the Civil Rights  Movement who was kept in the background since he was gay. I find him to be brilliant and honest. This is a VERY important book and every school child should learn about Bayard Rustin  and how instrumental he was in our American history.