The Bayard Rustin LGBT Coaltion (BRC) formed in 2006 to honor Bayard Rustin – the heart and soul of the Black Civil Rights movement in the United States. He was Martin Luther King Jr’s mentor, chief organizer, pioneer of the movement’s nonviolent resistance, and the man behind the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which Dr. King delivered his momentous and influential “I have a Dream” speech.
In the spirit of Bayard Rustin, the Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition has embraced advocacy and education to effect social change through the creation of a political dynasty that is visionary, proactive and rooted in the Black LGBT experience.
The Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition (BRC) engages in activities that facilitate: greater equality and visibility for the Black LGBT community in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, creation of more awareness and public support for marriage equality, support for Black and LGBT civil servants, promotion of community-based organizations and entrepreneurs that enhance and or celebrate the lives of Black LGBT persons and families, protection and refuge of at risk LGBT individuals, asylum for LGBT individuals abroad.
“Bayard Rustin at news briefing on the Civil Rights March on Washington, 1963″ Source : Library of Congress Prints and Photographic Division