Bayard Rustin: reflections on his life and witness

Start Date
10th August 2020 9:00 am
End Date
20th September 2020 6:00 pm


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Bayard Rustin was one of the most important civil, human and labour rights activists. African American and gay, his life’s work was in standing up for marginalised people. He was an important influence on Martin Luther King, persuading him to adopt the principles of non-violent resistance in the struggle for civil rights. This online course will explore how he put his Quaker faith into action. A study of his writings and songs, as well as literature, film and art inspired by him, will allow us to approach his life from a variety of perspectives.

The suggested time commitment for this course is two to three hours a week and the course includes written and video material along with forums and activities. There are no live sessions for this course so you can work on the materials at times that suit you.

Nicole Hirschfelder is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Tübingen,  Germany. Her first book “Oppression as Process: The Case of Bayard  Rustin” was published in 2014.

Martin Layton is a Friend and teacher. His interest is in exploring how Quaker spirituality strengthens lives of active witness.

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