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No Easy Answers: Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement (Civil Rights Leaders) Library Binding – 30 Jan 2005

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  • Library Binding: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Publishing (30 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931798435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931798433
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,323,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
No Easy Topic - deftly handled! Highly Recommended 10 Feb. 2005
By AfroAmericanHeritage - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
I admire the gumption of Morgan Reynolds Publishing. Each year, as other publishers gin out yet another book about some popular hero, Morgan Reynolds tackles the unsung heroes with grace and clarity. This new book about Bayard Rustin is a perfect example.

"Bayard who?" you're probably asking. Ah...my point exactly. Rustin - grandson of a former slave - was a talented musician, writer, and committed activist, organizer and advisor who worked closely with such luminaries as Martin Luther King Jr. and A. Philip Randolph. He is responsible for introducing Gandhi's principles of nonviolent protest to many in the Civil Rights Movement, and was a backbone of the historic 1963 March on Washington. At the President's request, he counseled Lyndon Johnson on how best to handle the aftermath of King's assassination in 1968. In the 1980's, he counseled Lech Walesa on the use of nonviolent resistance.

The reason you've probably never heard of him is because he was also gay. After being prosecuted for a homosexual encounter, he was deserted by many of the movement leaders. But he continued to work tirelessly and bravely behind the scenes, choosing obscurity for the sake of the movement.

Obviously, this is a complex topic for the young adult audience, but Miller respects their intelligence and handles his material deftly, without skirting the issues. The book includes a timeline, citations of sources, a bibliography, and related web sites. It is also lavishly illustrated, with archival photos and artwork on about every fourth page.

Highly recommended!
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Misnomer 12 Nov. 2012
By Linwood Casey - Published on Amazon.com
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This book should be titled, "Everything You Never Knew About the Civil Rights Movement." Of course, the biggest thing most people don't know about is the bed-rock, salt-mine work of Bayard Rustin. Although his name is not included when we speak of this history, this remarkable man seems to have been connected to everyone else in it. Miller does a fantastic job of giving us the whole story, complete with a frank discussion of Rustin's homosexuality. It is easy to assume that Rustin was forced into obscurity by a homophobic society. But--as Miller reveals by including a portion of Rustin's graduation poem--the limelight is something Bayard planned to shun.
"No Easy Answers: Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement" can serve two purposes. First, it is an excellent resource for school age students (perhaps as early as grade 5). And, it is a good way to explore other civil rights issues. The racial struggle in America shares many of the same characterisitcs as the gay struggle, the immigrant struggle, etc.
This book is both informative and entertaining. As the 50th anniversary of Bayard Rustin's famous, well planned March on Washington looms closer, this book is must reading.
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