The dedication of “Bayard Rustin Way” will be held at the intersection of South Franklin Street and Jackson Avenue (outside of the Pride Center building), on Thursday, June 9th. Speakers and performers will be honoring Rustin’s contributions as a Civil Rights activist and pacifist while being an openly gay man in the pre-Stonewall era.
Seating for this event will start at 5:30pm with speakers beginning at 6:00pm.
Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) was an openly Gay Black activist and devout pacifist who, over the course of five decades, had an immeasurable impact on the civil rights movement in the United States and social justice efforts abroad. One of his many roles was as the chief advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1950s and early 1960s, to whom he taught Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violent resistance. However, despite working tirelessly for the civil rights cause, Rustin was often forced to give up leadership roles and recognition because of prejudice toward his identity.
In Nyack, Rustin worked for the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), a nondenominational peace organization from 1941 to 1953. FOR, located in Upper Nyack from 1917 until 2018, provided significant support to the Southern Civil Rights Movement.
The dedication ceremony is free and open to the public.
“We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.” – Bayard Rustin
Annual Block Party Celebrating the Black LGBTQ+ Community immediately following at Hezekiah Easter Square in Downtown Nyack. DJ and Free Cookout…Open to All!