Bayard Rustin’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Mar 17, 1912

Death Date

Aug 24, 1987

Age of Death

75 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Aug 24, 1987


Civil Rights Leader

The civil rights leader Bayard Rustin died at the age of 75. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Civil Rights Leader and pacifist who was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

He had a ten-year relationship with Walter Naegle until his death in 1987.



“If we desire a society in which men are brothers, then we must act towards one another with brotherhood. If we can build such a society, then we would have achieved the ultimate goal of human freedom.” (Bayard Rustin)


“To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true.” (Bayard Rustin)


“The organizers and perpetuators of segregation are as much the enemy of America as any foreign invader.” (Bayard Rustin)


“When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.” (Bayard Rustin)


“Martin Luther King, with whom I worked very closely, became very distressed when a number of the ministers working for him wanted him to dismiss me from his staff because of my homosexuality.” (Bayard Rustin)