This is a great way to celebrate our local and national histories:
From: Mandy Carter, Bayard Rustin Centennial Project of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and Candice Thompson, William Way LGBT Community Center
Re: Invitation to Bayard Rustin Centennial Planning Meetings
Wednesday, April 4, 2012. 12pm-1:30pm & 6:30pm-8pm
William Way LGBT Community Center. Philadelphia, PA
Save the date! Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Bayard Rustin Centennial Planning Meetings
Afternoon Meeting. 12:00 pm – 1:30pm
Evening Meeting. 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
William Way LGBT Community Center Ball Room
1315 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
March 17, 2012 marked the 100th birthday of the late civil rights activist Bayard Rustin (1912-2012).
Bayard Rustin was born March 17, 1912 in West Chester, PA. While perhaps best known as the architect of the historic 1963 March on Washington where Dr. King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. It was also his remarkable 60-year movement career that not only included his leadership in the civil rights movement but also the movements for economic justice and peace here in the U.S. and internationally—all the while being a Black openly gay man.
In preparation to engage Pennsylvania’s communities and campuses for the year-long series of Bayard Rustin’s centennial events there will be two planning meetings held at the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia, PA. One in the afternoon and one in the evening to accommodate people’s schedules for attending. Or, folks are welcome to attend both.
Please RSVP to Candice Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org, Director of Center Services, and indicate which of the two meetings that you are attending. Or, folks are welcome to attend both. Can’t make the meetings but are interested in staying in touch? We’ll make sure to add you to the contact list.
Founded in 2003, the National Black Justice Coalition is a national civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Our mission is to eradicate racism and homophobia.
The Bayard Rustin Centennial Project of the National Black Justice Coalition is collaborating with Walter Naegle, Bayard’s surviving partner and Executor/Archivist of the Estate of Bayard Rustin. And, with Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer, co-producers/co-directors of the award-winning film “Brother Outsider-The Life of Bayard Rustin”. (Bayard Rustin: March 17, 1912- August 24, 1987)