Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the U.S. Arguably the leader of the American Civil Rights movement, King was a bastion of nonviolent protest and equality and was award the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. MLK Jr. was a gifted speaker, an inspiring voice at a time when America needed a visionary.
When it came to organized, nonviolent protest, Martin Luther King Jr. got a lot of renown. MLK Jr.’s charisma certainly carried the movement in critical ways, but the fact of the matter is that the ideas he espoused were not necessarily his own. There was an idea man behind the face of the movement and his name was Bayard Rustin.
Here lies a little-known backstory of the man behind The Man; a story of mentorship, commitment, and reprisal.