Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin

Finalist, National Book Awards 2003 for Nonfiction

Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin, by John D'Emilio, book cover, 2003
ISBN 9780226142692
Free Press / Simon & Schuster, Inc.
John D'Emilio author photo, 2003
John D'Emilio

John D'Emilio was born in New York and received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 1982. He currently is serving a five-year term as Director of the Gender and Women's Studies Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. More about this author >

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Published on the 40th anniversary of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin is the first detailed examination of the man responsible for that seminal event. Bayard Rustin exhibited charismatic leadership and courage in the early days of the civil rights movement, inspired tens of thousands, and mentored Martin Luther King, Jr., in the principles of nonviolent protest. Yet his name is not accorded the same honor as others in part because, author John D’Emilio argues, he was the victim of American attitudes toward homosexuality during his lifetime.