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Bayard Rustin

Speaker: Bayard Rustin
Date: June 17, 1969
Rustin worked as a civil rights strategist during the 1950s. In 1955, he helped coordinate the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. Rustin advocated greater political participation and fewer protests. He believed that the African-American community could only improve their second class status if they were aided with necessary economic aid programs. Rustin supported the Johnson presidency in general, but criticized the antipoverty programs as inadequate. Later, he supported Humphrey?s presidential bid in 1968.