Host Al Letson explores how a person who changed the course of American history did not become a household name.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s hallowed “I Have a Dream Speech” is an iconic moment in the history of civil rights. But this historic moment would probably have never happened if it weren’t for a man standing in King’s shadow, Mr. Bayard Rustin.
Rustin was a man with a number of seemingly incompatible labels: black, gay, Quaker…. identifications that served to earn him as many detractors as admirers. His most transformative act was to counsel MLK on the use of non-violent resistance. Rustin also helped to engineer the March on Washington and frame the Montgomery bus boycott. With such lofty achievements, why isn’t Rustin considered an icon of both Civil Rights and humanity? On Sunday, February 6 at 10 p.m. AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2 presents Who Was This Man? A State of the Re:Union Special. Host Al Letson takes listeners to a specific place in time that shaped the way we live now.