Troublemaker for Justice

The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington

To Learn more:

Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin site, with links to purchase the DVD and CDs of Bayard’s singing

PBS site for Brother Outsider

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute


Speak Truth to Power by Bayard Rustin and others

Final Plan for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom by Bayard Rustin

Selections from War Without Violence, By Krishnalal Shridharani, 1939

The Power of Nonviolence by Richard B. Gregg

Bayard’s High School Literary Magazine

Documents concerning Bayard’s time in federal prison (1944-1946)

Transcript of an interview with Bayard, gathered as part of Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years (1954-1965);cc=eop;rgn=main;view=text;idno=rus0015.0145.091

Black American OURstory

Documents by Bayard Rustin from the Yale Law School Exhibit

Pacifism and the American Civil Rights Movement: A Celebration of the Centennial of Bayard Rustin (1912-2012)

Interracial Primer

Report on the Journey of Reconciliation

Report on Bayard Rustin's time on a chain gang

A series of documents Bayard Rustin wrote about the Montgomery Bus Boycott for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Audio links

Radio coverage of the March on Washington

Complete recording

Martin Luther King's speech

Bayard reading the demands

Bayard singing "Scandalize my Name"

Bayard debating Malcolm X in 1960 and 1962

Interviews with Walter Naegle, Bayard’s partner and coauthor of Troublemaker for Justice

Video links

The March on Washington 1963

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington (searchable)

The 2013 Medal of Freedom Ceremony

Interview with Troublemaker for Justice coauthor Michael G. Long


American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
War Resisters League (WRL)
A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI)
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)