Bayard Rustin (1912–1987), the famed openly gay African American organizer, taught Martin Luther King Jr. strategies of nonviolence during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thereby launching the birth of the civil rights movement in 1955. Widely acclaimed as a founding father of modern black protest, in 1963 Rustin reached his pinnacle of notoriety as organizer of the March on Washington. His open homosexuality, however, remained a point of contention among black church leaders, with controversy sometimes embroiling even King himself. Time on Two Crosses showcases the extraordinary career of this black gay civil rights pioneer. Spanning five decades, the book combines classic texts ranging in topic from Gandhi’s impact on African Americans, white supremacists in Congress, the antiwar movement, and the assassination of Malcolm X. Historical black-and-white photographs are included in this insider's account of the civil rights movement.
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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
|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 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|
|About the Editors||355|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.