Civil rights includes gays 50 years after march
WASHINGTON - Months before Martin Luther King Jr. declared "I Have a Dream" to galvanize a crowd of thousands, Bayard Rustin was planning all the essential details to make the 1963 March on Washington a success.
Rustin, who died in 1987, is sometimes forgotten in civil rights history. He had been an outcast. He was a Quaker, a pacifist who opposed the Vietnam war and had flirted with communism. And he was gay.
Fifty years later, Rustin's legacy is a key part of the march anniversary. Civil rights leaders plan an unprecedented inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people this month as part of a larger movement calling for equal rights for all.
President Barack Obama also plans to honor Rustin this year with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
North Baton Rouge businesses pitch to investors for chance at check
Concerned over construction project handling
Vice President Pence pays surprise visit to Denham Springs couple
BRPD dealing with fewer applicants, increase in open positions
Vice President Mike Pence speaks to Port Allen crowd