Gay civil rights activist, MLK mentor Bayard Rustin to be honored

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Bayard Rustin advised Martin Luther King Jr. on nonviolent protest tactics and organized the 1963 March on Washington. But attacks on his sexual orientation threatened his role in the civil rights movement. Photo courtesy of Walter Naegle

Bayard Rustin advised Martin Luther King Jr. on nonviolent protest tactics and organized the 1963 March on Washington. But attacks on his sexual orientation threatened his role in the civil rights movement. Photo courtesy of Walter Naegle

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(RNS) Years before the gay rights movement gained momentum, the openly gay black activist, a Quaker, advised Martin Luther King Jr. on nonviolent protest tactics and organized the 1963 March on Washington.