Bayard Rustin involvement with the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century extended back into the 1940s, and was rooted in his religious convictions and nonviolent approach. These principles, combined with Bayard’s history of organized social action readied him to eventually become the Deputy Director and Chief Organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Bayard was also key in organizing the first Freedom Rides and, along side Martin Luther King, Jr., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The award winning advocate and influential political strategist work tirelessly to bring about racial equality, workers’ rights, protection for refugees, and international human rights. Arrested in the ’50s for “homosexual activity,” Bayard was often concerned that being openly gay would draw excessive crticism to his advocacy work, yet he remained a proud, vocal supporter of equality for gay people.