Day 6: The Man Behind the March - Bayard Rustin



He fought for his rights as a man..
Without him 
There would be no Million Man 
March 
The man behind the plan 
He organized the
March 
on Washington
If we had more activist 
and less party promoters
Where, as a people, would we be


Studied the philosophy of Gandhi
Believer in peace 
Keeper of pride
If we had more with the vision in his eyes
Where, as a community, would we be

If he were alive today 
he would be proud 
to march during PRIDE 
Gay
He wore his sexuality on his sleeves 
for the world to see 
Advocator 
Beaten
Slandered 
Fired
Imprisoned 
for his personal beliefs 
If we had more men with that courage 
If we had more men unafraid to spread their wings
If we had more men fighting to end poverty 
Where, as a family, would we be


Black
Brilliant 
Benevolent
Brotha!

Without him as the background music of every King speech
Where would we be?

Humble as a mumble
Never needed the limelight
Just wanted to make the world shine 
Rainbows
White black black white black 
Red
Purple 
Green
Pynk
Everyrace should be in sync
On one accord 
Fight together to
Feed the poor 
Cure the deadly
Clean the streets

Like he who marched 

Like he who fought for all to be free

Like Rustin, B. 
If it weren't for him
Where would we be?
Salute !




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I wrote the poem above as a tribute to Bayard Rustin today! I hope it gave you some insight on who he was and his impact on America history as a whole.

Meditation Directions:

Choose one of the following Bayard Rustin quotes to meditate on. Apply it to your life and let it sit in the your spirit. Let his life show you how to be free, while standing firm on your beliefs.

-We need in every bay and community a group of angelic troublemakers. 

-To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true...

-The proof that one truly believes is in action.


xoxo, 
V



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