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The annual Bayard Rustin/Audre Lorde Breakfast is set for Jan. 19 at the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta, and will include discussion about the protests against police brutality targeting black people. ...
Bernice King, the daughter of civil rights icons Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, is interviewed in the August issue of Atlanta Magazine by noted author Rebecca Burns as part of her story on the minister and CEO of the King Center. The story and interview will be available online on Aug. 1 but is available now to subscribers of the magazine. Retailers will also be selling the magazine next week.
The story is a good read for those interested in the King family dynamic and drama in recent years and touches on and the tense relationships between Bernice King and her brothers Martin III and Dexter over the operations of the King Center and the MLK legacy itself.
Burns is author of "Burial for a King," the story of MLK's funeral in Atlanta in the midst of social and racial riots taking place across the country. At the end of her interview, she asks Bernice King specifically about her stance on gay issues.
Cortez Wright, communications and development associate for SPARK Reproductive Health NOW, will be the honorary LGBTQ grand marshal and speaker on behalf of LGBTQ African Americans at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. march and rally on Jan. 21.
The march and rally follows the annual Bayard Rustin/Audre Lorde Breakfast that takes place Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church located at 781 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr.'s actual birthday. The country celebrates his birthday on Jan. 21.
Over the past decade, the Bayard Rustin/Audre Lorde Breakfast has become the hallmark event of MLK Weekend in Atlanta as LGBT activists gather together for food and conversation.
Craig Washington and Darlene Hudson, organizers of the annual breakfast, agree the event is known for bringing together a diverse crowd of people to discuss social justice while eating a free breakfast of eggs, bacon and biscuits.
This year there will not be a formal panel, Washington said. Instead, key leaders in the city’s LGBT community will present the theme and “deliver the charge” to attendees, he said. This year’s theme is “Re-Imagine the Dream.”
Local events planned to commemorate MLK Weekend
Bayard Rustin, the openly gay activist and advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., would have turned 100 this year. To mark Rustin’s centennial, Atlanta’s Stonewall Month features a three-part discussion of his legacy.
“Lessons Learned: Then and Now” is based on the new book “I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters.” The discussion series is set for June 5, 12 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More.
“Bayard Rustin has been referred to as the ‘lost prophet’ of the civil rights movement. A master strategist, he is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests held in the U.S.,” said Lorraine Fontana, lead organizer of the lecture series, in a press release. “He brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil rights movement and had major influence upon Martin Luther King, Jr.’s growth and leadership.”
Gay civil rights icon topic of "Lessons Learned" readings at Charis
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Bayard Rustin/Audre Lorde Breakfast
The 11th annual Bayard Rustin/Audre Lorde Breakfast was held Jan. 16, 2012, at St. Mark United Methodist Church as part of the official Martin Luther King Jr. march's events. More than 250 people attended the breakfast with the theme "Setting Our Agenda for Justice" and included food as well as discussion surrounding such issues as reproductive rights, gender equality, HIV stigma and economic disparity.
Founded by Craig Washington and Darlene Hudson, the breakfast is a way for black LGBT people "to take the lead in bringing all groups to remember the contributions of lesbian poet activist Audre Lorde and civil rights activist and aide to Dr. King, Bayard Rustin," says Hudson. (Photos by Dyana Bagby)