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Obama Awards Bayard Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom

This happened August 16, 2013 but I wanted to bring this to Light again in the BOG.

Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin is shown in his Park Avenue South office in New York City, in April 1969. (AP Photo/A. Camerano)


"On Thursday, the White House announced that Bayard Rustin, the trailblazing civil rights activist, will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

The timing couldn’t be better. Rustin was a key advisor to Martin Luther King and the primary organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom — a job he seemed to have prepared for all his life. Many Americans will be celebrating that event’s 50th anniversary on August 28, and insisting that the country complete the march’s unfinished business of economic justice, full employment, voting rights, and equal opportunity.

Honoring Rustin with the Medal of Freedom tells us something about how far America has come as a nation in the past 50 years. After all, he had four strikes against him. He was a pacifist, a radical, black and gay. Controversy surrounded him all his life.

From the 1940s through the 1960s, Rustin marshaled his considerable talents — as an organizer, strategist, speaker and writer — to challenge the economic and racial status quo. Always an outsider, he helped catalyze the civil-rights movement with courageous acts of resistance. Rustin was a brilliant thinker and strategist, but given his political liabilities as a gay, black, radical pacifist, he also relied on his incredible charm to win converts to the causes of peace and civil rights. A remarkable tenor, he frequently sang gospel and blues songs for his audiences. Had he not become an organizer, he could have become a popular entertainer."

There's more.. and it's facinating..

"Bayard Rustin: PA Native, Unsung Hero of the 1963 March on Washington, Lifelong Activist"


In his own day, Bayard Rustin was a minority within a minority who tirelessly agitated for change, spending nights in jail opposing U.S. policy at home and abroad. He was an African American fighting against segregation, a gay man fighting against homophobia, and a pacifist fighting against endless warfare. Rustin was a key adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King and introduced him to Gandhi’s teachings on nonviolence. He helped Dr. King start the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957. Six years later, Bayard Rustin was the chief organizer of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, rallying hundreds of thousands of people for economic justice, full employment, voting rights and equal opportunity. … In later years, Bayard Rustin spoke publicly about the importance of equal rights for gay men and lesbians, suggesting it was the new frontier of the civil rights movement. On August 24, 1987, Bayard Rustin died of a perforated appendix. He was survived by Walter Naegle, his partner of 10 years.

There's more..

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William Allison, 92, came to today’s march with the same sign he marched with in 1963 (WaPo)

‘William Allison, 92, came to today’s march with the same sign he marched with in 1963′ (Washington Post)

Vids at the link: Rev Al, MLK III, Cory Booker, Nancy Pelosi, Mylie Evers Williams, AG Holder, & John Lewis..

Adding this to the mix..

The top of the Washington Monument and part of a U.S. flag are reflected in the sunglasses of Austin Clinton Brown, 9, of Gainesville, Fla., during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963; and at right, Claudia Hanes, from Kentucky, takes part in a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march, at the Lincoln Memorial.


There's more..

My bad.. I forgot Asshat..

"Anonymous “appalled” by WikiLeaks"

"...We have been worried about the direction WikiLeaks is going for sometime now. In the past year the focus has moved away from actual leaks and the fight for freedom of information and concentrated more and more on Julian Assange and a rabid scrounging for money," the hackers noted."

h/t fresh http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=3515856

Thank you for your post, Summer.. a voice

in the wilderness. Glad I got to read it.

Lol! And, what's the only hope for fucking Julian Ass-ange? So what..?

Rand Paul wins and Asshat gets to go free? What a insipid creep.

So are all his little troops in America going to GOTV for rand freakshow paul in 2016?

Fucking wikileaks attacked Pres Obama for using

a teleprompter! Fucking goprick morons.

Stupid.Tea Party, Amash (R-MI) deny entry to townhall meeting; Senior citizens and reporters forced

to leave.

Rep. Justin Amash held a townhall meeting sponsored by a Tea Party group on Saturday, but a group of senior citizens and two reporters — including this one — were denied entry to the event.

The traditional purpose of a townhall meeting is for an elected official to meet with his constituents in public, giving the people a chance to ask questions and engage in dialogue with their representatives. But neither the organizers nor Amash apparently wanted to hear from or speak to a group of concerned senior citizens — even at a time when the fate of Medicare is being debated in Congress.

About eight senior citizens arrived at the Prince Conference Center on the Calvin College campus for a chance to question Amash concerning his voting record in regards to eliminating Medicare.

In Comment Section..

catbyte (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-11 02:44 PM

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12. Justin Amash is a Teabagger piece of shit
The only reason he got elected is because of this area and he had an R behind his name. Many mainstream Republicans campaigned for the Democrat but it was not to be. Now we're stuck with this waste of oxygen.

Anishinabe in MI


"It Was Epic" Vid of PBO and Peeps Who Just Happen to be Vacaying on Martha's Vineyard~ 8-13-2013


I can relate to the woman who couldn't get her camera out!

Shout out Props to the Secret Service guys on a working vacation!

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Mahalo, George Takei!


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