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Trouble maker for justice : the story of Bayard Rustin, the man behind the march on Washington / Jacqueline Houtman, Walter Naegl, Michael G. Long.

Houtman, Jacqueline, (author.). Naegl, Walter, (author.). Long, Michael G., (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780872867659
  • ISBN: 087286765X
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: San Francisco : City Lights Books, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Out of the shadows -- One big family -- Steal away -- A determination to be the best -- We were rebellious -- The power of nonviolence -- Nonviolent direct action -- War is wrong -- "You don't have to ride jim crow" -- Jim crow army -- Chains -- A reputation in the field -- Bayard's problem -- The Montgomery Improvement Association -- From the courts to community action -- Outcast -- Mr. March-on-Washington -- "I have a dream" -- Negroes are lying dead in the street -- We will try our best to carry on -- Fighting for all -- Let freedom ring -- Endnotes -- Important events in Bayard Rustin's life -- Discussion questions -- Bibliography -- About the authors -- Acknowledgments.
Target Audience Note:
Age: 13.
Grade 7 to 8.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 June #1
    *Starred Review* Though little remembered today, Bayard (rhymes with fired) Rustin was a major leader of the American civil rights movement, a mentor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a chief organizer of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. A committed pacifist and believer in the power of nonviolence, Rustin was actively involved in civil rights protests, landing himself in prison 20 times by 1969. His commitment to human rights found expression not only in the U.S. but internationally as well. So why is he largely unsung? The authors (Jacqueline Houtman, Michael G. Long, and Walter Naegle) argue it is because of his sexuality. While presenting a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom to Rustin, President Barack Obama confirmed this, saying, "This great leader . . . was denied his rightful place in history because he was openly gay." The three authors of this thoughtful and informative biography—the narrative text of which is greatly amplified by a generous collection of black-and-white pictures and sidebar features—have gone a long way to rectifying this injustice. Though the book lacks original interviews, further valuable information and insight are offered thanks to the fact that one of the authors, Naegle, was Rustin's life partner for the last 10 years of his life. This biography is an indispensable addition to the literature of both civil and gay rights. Grades 6-9. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Michael G. Long is an associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College and is the author or editor of several books on civil rights, religion, and politics in mid-century America, including I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters (City Lights, 2012), We the Resistance: Documenting a History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States (City Lights, 2018), First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson (2007), Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall (2011). He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta and resides in Highland Park, Pennsylvania. Long's books have been featured or reviewed in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, USA Today, Book Forum, Ebony/Jet, and many other newspapers and journals. He has appeared on C-Span and NPR, and his speaking engagements have taken him from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to the Houston Public Library, to the City Club of San Diego and the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

Jacqueline Houtman is the author of the award-winning children's book "The Reinvention of Edison Thomas," and earned a PhD in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her science writing for adults and children has appeared in World Book Science Year, FASEB&;s Breakthroughs in Bioscience series, Cleveland Clinic Magazine, The Dana Foundation&;s Progress in Brain Research, The Dana Sourcebook of Immunology and numerous academic and educational publications. Her debut novel, The Reinvention of Edison Thomas, was published by Boyds Mills Press in 2012.

Walter Naegle is the former partner of the American Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin and is executive director of the Bayard Rustin Fund, which commemorates Rustin's life, values, and legacy.

Subject: Rustin, Bayard, 1912-1987 > Juvenile literature.
Civil rights workers > United States > Juvenile literature.
African American civil rights workers > Juvenile literature.
African Americans > Civil rights > History > 20th century > Juvenile literature.
Civil rights movements > United States > History > 20th century > Juvenile literature.
United States > Race relations > History > 20th century > Juvenile literature.
Rustin, Bayard, 1912-1987.
African American civil rights workers.
African Americans > Civil rights.
Civil rights movements.
Civil rights workers.
Race relations.
United States.
Genre: History.
Juvenile works.

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