Saturday, May 23, 2015

Exhibit a tribute to civil rights pioneer

The Chester County Historical Society invites the public to attend a celebration of Bayard Rustin's Local Roots, a new exhibit opening on Saturday.

Exhibit a tribute to civil rights pioneer

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The Chester County Historical Society invites the public to attend a celebration of Bayard Rustin’s Local Roots, a new exhibit on the civil rights pioneer that opens on Saturday.

The reception will begin with a noon luncheon followed by a performance at 12:45 p.m. by the West Chester University Gospel Choir and a 1:15 keynote address by Rev. Anderson Porter. The program is free, but  RSVPs are requested today. Email rsvp@chestercohistorical.org or call 610-692-4800.

Though he went to jail for sitting with white people in buses years before Rosa Parks was arrested, taught the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. about nonviolence, and was the chief organizer of the historic 1963 civil rights march on Washington, Rustin never moved to the forefront of fame in the movement during his lifetime, in part because his past included dabbling in communism as a young man and acknowledging  his homosexuality.

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Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or awhelan@philly.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/aubreyjwhelan.

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