Bayard Rustin with Martin Luther King, Jr.
in 1956 (Credit: Associated Press)
In February 1956, when Bayard Rustin arrived in Montgomery to assist with the nascent bus boycott, Martin Luther King, Jr. had not personally embraced nonviolence. In fact, there were guns inside King’s house, and armed guards posted at his doors. Rustin persuaded boycott leaders to adopt complete nonviolence, teaching them Gandhian nonviolent direct protest.
From the page ABOUT BAYARD RUSTIN at the website for the documentary Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. http://rustin.org/ A clip from the film is available as well as to a link to NETFLIX where the film is available for streaming.
For more on Bayard Rustin visit his page All the King’s Men Bayard Rustin .