Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin

Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin

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ISBN-13: 9781573441742
Publisher: Cleis Press
Publication date: 08/10/2003
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Devon W. Carbado is a professor of law and African American studies at UCLA. He is the editor of "Black Men on Race, Gender and Sexuality" and coedtior of the Lambda Literary Award finalist "Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American Fiction," which was also nominated for a 2003 ALA Award. He lives in Los Angeles.

Donald Weise is a coeditor of Black Like Us and The Huey P. Newton Reader. He lives in New York City.

Barack Obama was elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.

Barney Frank served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013, and is the former chairman of the House of Financial Services Committee. He is considered one of the most prominent gay politicians of the United States, and has played a key role in historical legislation, from LGBT civil rights to the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. He lives in Boston, MA.

Table of Contents

Introductionix
Part 1The 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 2The 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 3African 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 4Equality 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 5Gay 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 6Equality Beyond America
African Revolution (1958)306
How Black Americans See Black Africans--and Vice Versa (1969)314
American Negroes and Israel (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
Bibliography353
About the Editors355

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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.