Post submitted by Eric Cameron, former HRC Digital Media Specialist

As part of a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, HRC has draped the side of its D.C. office with a new banner honoring the legacy of openly gay civil rights leader Bayard Rustin.

The banner reads: “Honoring Bayard Rustin: An African-American Gay Man who Organized the March on Washington and Devoted his Life to Equality and Justice.”

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HRC Bayard Rustin banner

This Saturday, crowds will descend upon the Washington Mall to commemorate the 1963 March on Washington and to recognize that the battle for justice continues.

HRC is proud to participate in the National Action Network’s event, the theme of which is “National Action to Realize the Dream."

The Rev. MacArthur H. Flournoy, HRC's Director of Faith Partnerships & Mobilization, will be among those speaking at the event from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial. At 1:00 p.m., participants will march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which sits on the Tidal Basin.

Get some of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the event here.

On Wednesday, August 28, HRC will join with the Center for Black Equity, Hilton Worldwide and Verizon at 7 p.m. in the HRC Equality Forum in Washington, D.C. for a panel discussion and reception honoring Bayard Rustin’s contributions to the American civil rights movement. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPing for Wednesday’s event celebrating the life and legacy of Bayard Rustin is highly encouraged.

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