We were on the same corner waiting for the light to change. Contemporary arts center OZ Arts Nashville is hosting a new group exhibit, Long Distance, which will be accessible in-person by appointment and virtually on... DJ Killa Chris’s new list of his top tracks for this week includes the following, including Me & My Toothbrush's "Get Your Party... Director Evan Purchell has done something amazing. This month’s issue of Out & About Nashville is ALL about politics, so what better way to celebrate National Coming Out Day than to... Iris W. Buhl, a Nashville native and outspoken LGBTQ+ advocate and philanthropist, died Aug. 11, 2020, at the age of 77. Rustin died in New York City Aug. 24 1987, leaving his partner of 10 years, Walter Naegle, behind to continue his legacy. He served three years in federal penitentiary, beginning in 1943, as a way of protesting the war. Naegle said that although Rustin was active in civil rights when the pair met, his career did not put him in such a spotlight at that time. [4], After a few months, the two became steady partners. Although he wasn’t officially one of the leaders, he still did a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff.”. “We lived in New York City, which is not the same as small-town America. By Walter Naegle [Walter Naegle was Bayard Rustin’s partner from 1977 until Rustin’s death in 1987; he is executor and archivist of the Bayard Rustin Estate.] I didn’t make a grand announcement but people in my family were certainly aware I wasn’t dating women in high school and, in fact, I wasn’t dating anyone really back then,” Naegle said. Naegle ad Rustin. His account of that experience, serialized in The New York Post, spurred an investigation that contributed to the abolition of chain gangs in North Carolina. “It has taken on a status of its own. Those things combined to make a self-actualizing person who could organize and mobilize people into action for good. We were on the same corner waiting for the light to change. “I was grateful and I think that it puts him in a position as a recognized individual who promoted democracy and equality in the country,” he said. The personal qualities that I appreciated most about Bayard were his understanding of the human condition -- those things that we all share as people -- and the compassion and empathy that he exhibited as a result of that knowledge. “When the efforts first started being made for marriage equality, I would say I was skeptical about it and the likelihood of it happening but when I sat down and thought of the logic of it all, a lot of it was about educating people who weren’t aware of the vast number of laws and protections that people have when they are legally married. When civil rights leader and organizer Bayard Rustin died in 1987, his New York Times obituary referred to his partner Walter Naegle as his adopted son. He wanted to protect my legal interests, so we went through the process of legal adoption.”. Born in Morristown New Jersey, Naegle was raised in a Roman Catholic home with six siblings. In 1947, under the auspices of the FOR and CORE, Bayard Rustin helped plan the first “freedom ride” in the South, challenging Jim Crow practices that had been made illegal by a 1946 Supreme Court decision outlawing discrimination in interstate travel. Buhl began familiarizing herself... September 23, 2020 -- ​The fourth annual OUTLOUD Music Festival returns as a drive-in on Saturday, October 24th. [Walter Naegle was Bayard Rustin’s partner from 1977 until Rustin’s death in 1987; he is executor and archivist of the Bayard Rustin Estate.]. The two were together for 10 years until Rustin's death in 1987.[4]. Many had to leave the homes they had lived in with their partners for years, even decades, when their partner died because they had no legal right to stay there. Angela Thomas is a Philadelphia Gay News contributor, Signup for our newsletter to stay updated on our site updates and news. Rustin had a long involvement with refugee affairs. On Aug. 8, President Obama announced that Rustin would be among a handful of individuals to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award. They were curious about the age difference.”. “We began to talk to each other. Rustin attended Wilberforce University in Ohio and later Cheyney State Teachers College (now Cheyney University) before he moved to New York City in 1937 to attend the City College of New York. It hurt a bit,” Naegle told theGrio about this characterization of their bond. He had a wonderful shock of white hair. Also his intelligence and determination not to give in to despair, but to continue to fight for his beliefs. During the mid-1960s he participated in the formation of the Recruitment and Training Program (R-T-P, Inc.), which successfully increased minority participation in the building and construction trades.Mr. Together, Naegle said, they met at the spiritual age of 40. On November 20, 2013, Naegle accepted the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in honor of Rustin's work of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Rustin died in New York City Aug. 24 1987, leaving his partner of 10 years, Walter Naegle, behind to continue his legacy. The couple met in Times Square in 1977 when Naegle was 27 and Rustin was 65. “I didn’t worry about him being attacked. Known as the Journey of Reconciliation, riders engaged in direct protest by intentionally violating the segregated seating patterns on Southern buses and trains. Walter Naegle (left) and Bayard Rustin. During high school in the 1960s, the African-American civil rights movement informed his interest in the philosophy of nonviolence. “A lot of younger people have no idea of who he was or know too much about the civil-rights movement,” he said. Rustin has even been recognized by President Obama, who will posthumously award him the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this year for his tremendous service. I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like. Naegle, who will accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom award on Rustin’s behalf, said he was standing on a street corner waiting for the light to change in April of 1977 when he noticed a man who immediately caught his eye. All Rights Reserved. I think that the key to overcome prejudice is through education and one of the ways you educate people is by being yourself, being open and letting them see there is all kinds of LGBT people out there.”. Things have changed. His extensive background in the theory, strategies, and tactics of nonviolent direction action proved invaluable to Dr. King.Mr. At home, he helped organize the Committee to Support South African Resistance in 1951, which later became the American Committee on Africa.As a gay man, relatively open for his time, Bayard Rustin experienced anti-gay prejudice in addition to racial discrimination. In 1942 he was dispatched to California by the FOR and the American Friends Service Committee to help protect the property of Japanese-Americans imprisoned in internment camps. Fifty years after he helped organize the world-changing National March on Washington, LGBT activist Bayard Rustin will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian award in the United States. He was immediately summoned to report for induction, did not appear, but was never indicted because the local draft board had acted improperly in his case. During this time he also attended night school at the Germain School of Photography in lower Manhattan and began taking photographs with a medium format camera (Rolleiflex, Bronica, Yashica). At City College, he became an organizer for the Young Communist League, which hired him as a youth organizer to work on the problem of racial segregation and to advocate an anti-war position. “Actually it is a sign of how far society has evolved in the decades since Rustin operated as an openly black, gay male leader during the Civil Rights Movement,” Naegle said. I guess he was of my parents' generation, but we looked at each other and lightning struck. “He was very well-rounded in the arts and in the sciences. [3], The day that I met Bayard I was actually on my way to Times Square. Along the way, they were beaten, arrested and fined. He was Chairman of Social Democrats USA, a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and a life member of Actors’ Equity. After attending the University of Bridgeport (CT) for one year, he left to join VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America), and worked for a year in the Hilliard Houses Senior Center (Chicago, IL) an agency of Hull House Association.

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