Over the years, many of us have learned about key people in the Civil Rights Movement. They include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, John Lewis, Ralph Abernathy, and Julian Bond among many others. Lesser known are the people behind the scenes who helped these individuals in their work in the movement.
One such individual is Bayard Rustin. His Quaker upbringing and the influence of his grandparents who raised him naturally led him to become, as the book title states, a troublemaker for justice. He did many things before becoming part of the Civil Rights Movement. He learned the ways of Gandhi and his nonviolent ways, which he put to use trying to integrate the schools he attended, buses, theaters, and pressing for peace in times of war.
Rustin helped teach others, including King, what he learned. He would advise King and others as well as help them organize peaceful protests, collaborate on speeches, and the biggest event he helped in the March on Washington. Although he was not the front and center of the Civil Rights Movement, its impact is just as great as the leaders at the forefront of it.