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Angelic Troublemaker: Bayard Rustin

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On today’s program we honor Bayard Rustin, one of the most central figures in the African American struggle for Civil Rights and Freedom. Rustin was a pacifist, homosexual and practitioner of nonviolence who dedicated his life to racial equality, economic justice and ending warfare. Known as the lead organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and trusted advisor to labor leader A. Phillip Randolph and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rustin’s methodology for challenging racial inequality and imperialism is centered on his ability to interrelate race, class, gender, and sexuality. Angelic Troublemaker: Bayard Rustin combines film, insightful interviews and speeches from the unsung hero of the civil rights movement.

Special Thank You to Nancy Kates, Bennett Singer, and Sam Pollar the producers of Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. And to the Pacifica Radio Archives for use of archival materials.

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  • Bayard Rustin, Architect of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
  • Ashon Crawley, Associate Professor; Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Virginia Center for the Study of Religion
  • Nancy Kates, Filmmaker, Produced the film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
  • Bill Sutherland, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Colleague of Rustin
  • Reverend A.J. Muste, Pacifist and mentor of Rustin
  • George Houser, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Colleague of Rustin
  • Louis John, Nephew
  • Devi Prasad, Pacifist
  • President Barack Obama


  • Episode Producer/Host: Anita Johnson
  • Episode Editor: Sonya Green
  • Technical Assistance: Monica Lopez

Making Contact Staff:

  • Staff Producers: Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani
  • Executive Director: Sonya Green

Music Credits:

Cory Gray – Medieval Tension 30

Ketsa – This Way Joyous Ketsa

Blue Dot Sessions – Rally Rayling

Dee Yan-Key – “Hold On”- Go Down Moses

Blue Dot Sessions – 3rd Chair

Andy G. Cohen – Our Young Guts Prisma


Author: Radio Project

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