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Bayard Rustin: Gay Hero of the Civil Rights Movement

Grade Level Grades 9-12
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This age-appropriate lesson plan explores the life and work of Bayard Rustin – the unsung – and openly gay - hero of the Black Civil Rights Movement. As both a student of Gandhi and a mentor to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rustin’s life embodied what would come to be known as “Rainbow Politics”. With his career in social justice spanning over five decades, Rustin’s impact reached its zenith when he was tapped to become the Architect of the National March on Washington in 1963. Like all Legacy Project lesson plans, this document highlights four different learning tracks according to James Banks's multicultural education model and Bloom's Taxonomy. Tracks 1 - 4 are roughly structured to align with the cognitive retention and synthesis capabilities of students from early-to-mid Elementary School (Track 1); late Elementary-to-early Middle School (Track 2); late Middle School-to-early High School (Track 3); and early-to-late High School.

Suggested Study Subject Integration: Social Justice, Black History, Civil Rights, American History, LGBTQ History

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Civil Rights pioneer Bayard Rustin honored
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Black History Month Web Extra: Bayard Rustin | Full Frontal on TBS
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MEDAL OF FREEDOM BAYARD RUSTIN AWARD RECEIVED
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