Bayard Rustin dedicated his life to helping others—fighting injustices and discriminations—so that people could live as one. Protesting segregation long before there was a civil rights movement, he often was arrested for his beliefs and actions. As a nonviolent activist, Bayard made his mark working alongside many African American leaders, notably A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King, Jr. As an organizer, Bayard was largely responsible for bringing people together to walk for freedom and jobs in Washington, D.C., on that memorable summer day, August 28, 1963. With style and careful attention to history, Larry Dane Brimner captures a story of passion, courage, and triumph through Bayard’s own words and archival photographs in this Jane Addams Children’s Book Award winner.
* “A captivating biography. . . . A gem for students studying the Civil Rights Movement and an excellent addition to any American history collection.” —School Library Connection, starred review
“Bayard Rustin’s role is too often left out of young people’s history books. . . . Larry Dane Brimner brings to readers in stirring fashion Rustin’s lifelong consistent commitment to Gandhi’s non-violence.” —Chicago Tribune
“A fascinating volume, informative and well written. . . . An excellent addition to that growing body of literature about the Civil Rights movement.” —Kirkus Reviews