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Bayard Rustin

A Centennial Celebration for Social Justice


Walter Naegle

was Rustin’s partner from 1977 until his death in 1987. Naegle is currently executor and archivist of the Bayard Rustin Estate.

John D'Emilio

is an author and professor of History and of Women's and Gnder Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A former UNCG faculty member, he is author of Lost Prophet: Bayard Rustin and the Quest for Peace and Justice in America, Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities and Intimate Matters: A history of Sexuality in America.

Mandy Carter

is a Black lesbian social justice activist with the Bayard Rustin Centennial Project of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC). She heldped helped co-found Southerners On New Ground in 1993 and NBJC in 2003. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as a part of the “1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005.”

David McReynolds

is an American socialist and pacifist who described himself as "a peace movement bureaucrat" during his 40-year career with Liberation magazine and the War Resisters League. A close friend of Bayard Rustin, he was the first openly gay man to run for President of the United States.

Hal Weaver

is a fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and founding chairperson of the Africana Studies Department at Rutgers University. He is the initiating editor of Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights.

Michael G. Long

is an associate professor of Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies at Elizabethtown College. He is the editor of I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters, and his current work, a study of Martin Luther King, Jr., homosexuality, and gay rights, has been featured on CNN.

Jada Drew

is Guilford's Africana Community Coordinator and founder of the Social Justice Consulting company, Social Designs.

Deborah Shaw

is Assistant Director of Guilford College Friends Center.

Martha E. Lang

is the Coordinator of Guilford's Bayard Rustin Center for LGBTQA Activism, Education & Reconciliation. She is also a visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology & Anthropology at Guilford College.


is Coordinator of Guilford's Bayard Rustin Center for LGBTQA Activism, Education & Reconciliation.

Rev. Kevin E. Taylor

is a1987 Guilford College graduate who is pastor of Unity Fellowship Church New Brunswick and Elder in the Unity Fellowship Church movement. He spent several years of community activism in Washington, D.C., with such organizations as DC Coalition of Black Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals and Whitman-Walker Clinic.

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