John D’Emilio

Finalist, 2003 National Book Awards

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.
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Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin

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

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. More about this book >

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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. A Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, Mr. D’Emilio’s previous books include The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture and Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States, 1940-1970. He lives in Chicago.

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