Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin

Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin

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In 1956 Bayard Rustin taught Martin Luther King Jr. strategies of nonviolence during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thereby launching the civil rights movement. Widely acclaimed as a founding father of modern black protest, Rustin reached international notoriety in 1963 as the openly gay organizer of the March on Washington.

Long before the March on Washington, Rustin's leadership placed him at the vanguard of social protest. His gay identity, however, became a point of contention with the movement, with the controversy embroiling even King himself.

Time on Two Crosses offers an insider's view of many of the defining political moments of our time. From Gandhi's impact on African Americans, white supremacists in Congress, and the assassination of Malcolm X to Rustin's never-before-published essays on Louis Farrakhan, affirmative action, and the call for gay rights, Time on Two Crosses chronicles five decades of Rustin's commitment to justice and equality.

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ISBN-13: 9781627781268
Publisher: Start Publishing LLC
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 658,884
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 3.30(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

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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