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Sunday, February 21 at 10 p.m. Who Was This Man? A State of the Re:Union Special

(Rochester, NY) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s hallowed “I Have a Dream Speech” is an iconic moment in the history of civil rights. But this historic moment would probably have never happened if it weren’t for a man standing in King’s shadow, Mr. Bayard Rustin.

Rustin was a man with a number of seemingly incompatible labels: black, gay, Quaker…. identifications that served to earn him as many detractors as admirers. His most transformative act was to counsel MLK on the use of non-violent resistance.  Rustin also helped to engineer the March on Washington and frame the Montgomery bus boycott.  With such lofty achievements, why isn’t Rustin considered an icon of both Civil Rights and humanity? On Sunday, February 21 at 10 p.m. AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2 presents Who Was This Man? A State of the Re:Union Special. Host Al Letson takes listeners to a specific place in time that shaped the way we live now.

This program is part of WXXI's special programming in honor of Black History Month. Throughout February WXXI-TV and Radio will present a variety of programs featuring the men and women who shaped the African-American experience. For a complete list of programs, and to learn more, visit WXXI.org/bh.


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.