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"Not Straight, Not White"Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis$
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Kevin J. Mumford

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469626840

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626840.001.0001

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Losing the March

Losing the March

(p.11) Chapter One Losing the March
"Not Straight, Not White"

Kevin J. Mumford

University of North Carolina Press

At the height of the civil rights movement, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, and Bayard Rustin each spoke out for social justice, and yet their sexual lives deviated from the expectations of respectable leadership. Baldwin and Hansberry worked for racial justice, but also suffered privately and faced public criticism. Rustin organized the March on Washington, only to find himself side-lined from the movement due to the continual exposure of his past arrest for homosexual conduct.

Keywords:   Civil Rights, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, Bayard Rustin

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