Who shined a light on justice from the shadows?

Bayard Rustin, Chief Organizer of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was often called Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s shadow.

Rustin, a pacifist, instructed King in Gandhi’s non-violent protest techniques. A former member of the Communist Party and openly homosexual, Rustin helped the civil rights movement by recognizing the power behind King’s leadership. In August 2013, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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