The June 5 discussion was led by Josh Noblitt, social justice minister at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, and focused on Rustin’s Quaker, pacifist and spiritual background.
The June 12 installment will be led by Holiday Simmons, national community educator for Lambda Legal, and will focus on his sexual orientation and how it impacted his life and activism.
The third and final discussion, set for July 19, features Jamila Mindingall, founder of Collective Deliberation, and Jillian C Ford, assistant professor of social studies education at Kennesaw State University. It will examine Rustin’s broad, intersectional social justice and direct action work, and what models that might provide for the present.
The series is co-sponsored by Atlanta Pride and the social justice guild of First Existentialist Church, in partnership with the State of Black Gay America Summit, the Bayard Rustin/Audre Lorde Social Justice Breakfast planning committee; Evolution Center, Zami NOBLA, SAGE Atlanta, Georgia Safe Schools Coalition and Feminist Outlawz.