Cambridge Peace Commission Bayard Rustin Centennial Event March 17


3/15/2012

Bayard Rustin photo

The Cambridge Peace Commission will host a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bayard Rustin on March 17, 2012, at 5 p.m., at the Friends Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Park,  Cambridge.  The event will begin with reflections from several people who knew Bayard Rustin and will feature musical selections from the highly acclaimed New England Spiritual Ensemble. A drum major in the struggle for human rights and economic justice for over 50 years, Rustin is frequently remembered as the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, but his advocacy for civil rights and economic justice predates the march. See more about Rustin on the Peace Commission Website.

Nominations Sought for 2012 Bayard Rustin Service Award                                                           

The City of Cambridge GLBT Commission is currently seeking nominations for the Second Annual Bayard Rustin Service Award, an honor that is bestowed upon a person of color with an outstanding history of service to the GLBT Community.    
This award has been named in honor of Bayard Rustin, an American civil rights activist who helped usher in the Civil Rights Era of the 1950s and 1960s. As an early adopter of nonviolent protest methods, Mr. Rustin counseled Martin Luther King, Jr. at a time when the young minister was just gaining national prominence; Mr. Rustin would continue to work with Dr. King in the coming years, serving as the chief organizer of the famed March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. Mr. Rustin then worked tirelessly to advocate for GLBT causes in the latter part of his career, courageously standing in defiance of the viciously negative attitudes towards members of the GLBT community. Through his advocacy, he helped raise awareness and expand horizons, paving the way for a society that is more inclusive, accepting, and respectful of its wonderful diversity.

More information on this program will be posted on the City’s Website later this month. The award will be presented at the annual Cambridge Pride Celebration, date and time to be announced shortly. In the meantime, nomination forms can be obtained by emailing glbtcommission@cambridgema.gov, attn: Jeff Walker.

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