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Reminiscences of Bayard Rustin, 1987

Creator: Rustin, Bayard, 1912-1987
Project: Individual interviews oral history collection.
(see all project interviews)
Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 675 pages Sound recording: 15 reels
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Civil rights worker

Scope and Contents

Childhood & World War I period, Pennsylvania; education, Wilberforce University, Teachers College, City College of New York; discrimination within trade union movement; black nationalism; Fellowship of Reconciliation, World War II; experiences in prison, 1943-45; penal reform; Congress of Racial Equality protests, Freedom Ride; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; rivalry between Martin Luther King Jr. and Roy Watkins; A. Philip Randolph and the labor movement; Montogomery bus protest; work with Martin Luther King in organization of Southern Christian Leadership Conference; recollections of Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee; black protests at National Democratic Convention, 1960; A.P. Randolph and the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); March on Washington, 1963; Martin Luther King's assasination; genesis of A.P. Randolph Institute; improving employment situation of blacks; Voting Rights Act; social decline in America; South African anti-apartheid movement; communism and factionism in South African government and tribal groups; views on divestment, disinvestment, Reagan administration policies on South Africa; 1987 elections in South Africa. Impressions of: A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Adam Clayton Powell Jr.


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Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in The City of New York, 1988

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