Oral history interview with Bayard Rustin, 1987


Rustin, Bayard, 1912-1987 (Interviewee)
Edwin, Ed (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Bayard Rustin, 1987
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Bayard Rustin, 1987
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 bet ween 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
Collection Name
Individual interviews oral history collection
Civil rights workers; African Americans--Civil rights; African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions; Civil rights--United States; African American labor union members; Prison discipline; United States Politics and government 1945-1989; United States Foreign relations South Africa; South Africa Foreign relations United States; South Africa Race relations; South Africa Social conditions; Rustin, Bayard, 1912-1987; Randolph, A. Philip (Asa Philip), 1889-1979; Congress of Racial Equality; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.); American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
oral histories
Physical Description
675 pages
Note (Biographical)
Civil rights worker
Note (Funding)
Digital reproduction funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Digitized by Safe Sound Archive, Philadelphia, 2010
Service copy (44 kHz, 16 bit) and rendered version (96 kHz, 24 bit) of sound file derived from a digital preservation master digitized at 96 kHz, 24 bit
Interviewed by Ed Edwin
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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