The Tragedy of Bayard Rustin

How one of the greatest American socialists ended up on the wrong side of history.

World Telegram & Sun photo by Stanley Wolfson ­— Library of Congress.

Staughton Lynd was incensed. Here was the anti–Vietnam War movement, growing into something that could challenge LBJ’s murderous campaign, and Bayard Rustin — Bayard Rustin! — goes and sullies the largest antiwar protest to date, accusing it of harboring Communist elements. Lynd, a Yale professor and prominent antiwar activist, decided to make his fury public. “You must […]

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