Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Bayard Rustin—Evolution of an Activist

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Bayard Rustin being arrested at Yale workers strike
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Bayard Rustin's life partner Walter Naegle will discuss Bayard's evolution as an activist, how he moved from a radical Quaker pacifist to a more mainstream liberal Democrat.

Walter Naegle lived and worked with Bayard Rustin for the last decade of his life.  Naegle was raised as a Roman Catholic but found that faith wanting in its positions on war, violence, and homosexuality.  Although not a Quaker, he identified with Quaker values and has worked for the American Friends Service Committee and the New York Yearly Meeting.  He was a volunteer with Prisoner Visitation and Support and with the GI Rights Hotline.  He runs a small private foundation name for Rustin. 

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