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Walter Naegle To Attend LGBT 50th

By Charlotte Robinson, April 20, 2015
The organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration that takes place July 2nd to July 5th in Philadelphia has announced that Walter Naegle, Bayard Rustin’s surviving life partner will attend the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony at Independence Hall on July 4th. Naegle stated, “Bayard would be amazed to see this historic & diverse celebration of the Gay Pioneers & 50 years of LGBT civil rights progress, especially as we just commemorated 50 years since the Selma to Montgomery Freedom March, which he participated in. As an African-American gay man in the 1940’s 50’ & 60’s, he was marginalized despite his role as an advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., principle organizer of the March on Washington in 1963 & his tireless efforts for workplace equality for African-Americans.” In this exclusive audio interview we talked to Walter Naegle about his relationship with Bayard Rustin who was a master strategist best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. He brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil rights movement and helped shape Martin Luther King, Jr.’s international legacy of peace & nonviolence. Barack Obama bestowed a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom on Bayard Rustin which is the nation’s highest civilian honor. Walter Naegle accepted the award. LISTEN:  
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