Bayard T. Rustin: the pragmatic Quaker and his political life

5 April - 26 April

The live Zoom sessions are every Friday at 15:00-16:30 (UK time)

Photograph of Bayard T Rustin from the Library of Congress (via Unsplash)

Bayard T. Rustin was committed to social, political, and economic justice and equality. This often led him to controversial policy positions. This course will consider how Rustin’s Quakerism informed and structured his social and political life.

The course explores Rustin’s life and faith during his 50-year public life. We will examine Rustin’s words and deeds as a pragmatic Quaker who often relied on a broader ecumenical outlook – rooted in his “oneness of the human family” notion – to guide his community activism in dealing with the various injustices and inequalities facing marginalized groups in the U.S. and abroad.

As we read and discuss Rustin’s life and work, you will be encouraged to consider how and in what way your faith affords you a framework for public action. You will integrate your biography, textual interpretive reading experiences, and personal emotions to answer the above queries through weekly journaling and live discussion sessions.

This course will involve:

DiscussionOnline discussion forumWritten and visualZoom Session

Accessibility info:

On the booking form, there is a chance for you to let us know about any accessibility or communication adjustments that will enable you to participate more fully in the course. Automated Zoom closed captions are available for all live sessions but if you feel you require more accurate closed captioning please email us directly in addition to booking.

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