I Must Resist
Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters
Edited by Michael G Long
"Mother Jones discusses Bayard Rustin"
-Lauren Williams, Mother Jones
"Michael G. Long, who edited I Must Resist, tells Mother Jones the accolades are long overdue. 'Rustin is finally emerging out of the shadows,' he says. 'This is a man who labored for decades behind the scenes. And he labored there willingly, but he was also pushed there and kept there and confined there by civil rights leaders.'"
Aug 27, 2013
"I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters"
-CSPAN Video Library
CSPAN Book TV features Michael Long's event at the Schomberg Center in New York City on March 21, 2012, where he was interviewed about his book I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters.
May 31, 2012
Would King Have Evolved on Gay Rights?
-Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Huffington Post
"President Obama's declaration of support for marriage equality has created an uproar in Christian communities across America, and nowhere more poignantly than in the Black Church where the President is largely admired, but which has traditionally been more socially conservative on issues of sexuality. . . . Professor Michael Long, who is the editor of 'I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters' explains that King's response was notable for how temperate it was given that during this time LGBT people were commonly referred to as perverts and sociopaths by religious leaders such as Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Billy Graham. However, Long is clear that King did not ever publicly proclaim or embrace the views that fuels the modern LGBT civil rights movement. In fact, King remained silent during the beginnings of the homophile movement of the '50s which, at the time, was taking inspiration from the black civil rights movement."
-- Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Senior Religion Editor, Huffington Post
May 30, 2012
Interview with Michael Long
-PA Books, Pennsylvania Cable Network
PA Books, a book show that airs on Pennsylvania Cable Network, Camp Hill PA, features their interview with Michael Long regarding his book I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters.
May 20, 2012
"Bayard Rustin: A Complex Legacy"
-Yasmin Nair, Windy City Times
An article recounting the life of Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin and the current interest in the legacy he left behind. "I Must Resist: The Life and Letters of Bayard Rustin—a new book and collection of correspondence from Rustin as well as letters about him, including those from FBI files—shows a more personal side of the activist."--Yasmin Nair, Windy City Times
Mar 28, 2012
"Bayard Rustin at 100"
-Kenneth Crab, The Indypendent
The Indypendent discusses Bayard Rustin's legacy and involvement in the Civil Rights movement as an activist and why is name is widely unknown. "I Must Resist (ed. Michael Long) . . . put his story into fascinating, insightful perspective."
Mar 24, 2012
"City Lights publishes new book of Bayard Rustin's letters"
-The St. Louis American
"City Lights Books has published a new edition of the letters of civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters. March 17th marked the centennial of Rustin's birth. One of the Civil Rights Movement’s chief architects, he died in 1987 at the age of 75. Michael G. Long, who edited the 522-page volume of letters, answered some questions about Rustin and his meaning today."
Mar 22, 2012
"Bayard Rustin Centennial Celebration 2012"
-From the Vault
"This week From the Vault celebrates what would have been the 100th birthday of one of the unknown and unsung heroes of the American Civil Rights Movement, Bayard Rustin. From the Vault also chats with Michael G. Long, editor of I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters, a new book from City Lights Publishers which chronicles the life of the openly-gay and pacifist civil rights leader."
Mar 19, 2012
"Duluth Could Learn a lot From Rustin"
-Robin Washington, Duluth News Tribune
Robin Washington of the Duluth News Tribune discusses Bayard Rustin's connection with The Civil Rights Movement.
Mar 18, 2012
"Recognition Overdue for Bayard Rustin"
-Edmund Newton, The Root
Edmund Newton of The Root writes about the long overdue credit Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin deserves. "He was an intellectual bank that civil rights and political leaders could go to for ideas," said Michael G. Long, editor of I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters (City Lights), scheduled to be released on the centennial of his birth."
Mar 16, 2012
"Authors Talk: Michael Bronski and Michael G. Long on Bayard Rustin's Legacy"
-Barbara Anderson-Minsall, The Advocate
Michael G. Long, editor of I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters, interviews talks with Michael Bronski about the legacy of Bayard Rustin. "From civil rights activists to performance artists, many this month are celebrating the life and legacy of gay civil rights pioneer Bayard Rustin who, among other things organized the 1963 March on Washington and was a cherished adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rustin would have turned 100 on March 17, and his long time partner, Walter Naegle, told audiences at 'Voices Out Loud,' a recent Washington, D.C. evening of spoken word, film, speeches, and music in celebration of Rustin, that the work that the activist started 'is far from over.' Author Michael G. Long agrees. The editor of I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters, Long sat down with Michael Bronski, author of A Queer History of the United States, to talk about Rustin's legacy."
Mar 16, 2012
"Rustin Instilled Power To The People"
-Michelle Garcia, The Advocate
"Read J. Edgar Hoover's letter urging then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy to take action against the gay super-strategist of the Civil Rights Movement, Bayard Rustin." --Michelle Garcia
This article also includes an excerpt from I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters.
Mar 16, 2012
"Bayard Rustin, West Chester's Gay Civil Rights Icon"
-Marty Moss-Coane, WHHY Radio
An article about Michael G. Long's I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters on Bayard Rustin and his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement as an openly gay activist.
Mar 12, 2012
"Late Civil Rights leader still building bridges"
-Andy Humm, The Villager
Andy Humm discusses the openly gay Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin's role in the Civil Rights Movement and how his legacy is still alive today. "Bayard Rustin did not just talk the talk, but walked the walk and paid dearly for it whether beaten on a bus he was trying to desegregate in Nashville in 1942 or imprisoned during World War II for resisting the draft and later for opposing British colonial rule in India and Africa."--Andy Humm
Mar 6, 2012
"For Bayard Rustin's Partner, an Effort to Preserve Legacy"
-Robert Samuels, The Washington Post
"Rustin would have turned 100 in March, and Walter Naegle, Rustin's partner when the activist died in 1987, saw the milestone as an opportunity. The same characteristics once seen as a hindrance to the movement make him one of its most fascinating characters. Now might be the time to push Rustin’s story to the forefront of American consciousness, Naegle thought." --Robert Samuels
Feb 2, 2012
What did MLK think about gay people?
-John Blake, CNN
"We know what King thought about race, poverty and war. But what was his attitude toward gay people, and if he was alive today would he see the gay rights movement as another stage of the civil rights movement? That's not the type of question most people will consider on this Monday as the nation celebrates King’s national holiday. Yet the debate over King’s stance toward gay rights has long divided his family and followers. That debate is poised to go public again because of the upcoming release of two potentially explosive books, one of which examines King’s close relationship with an openly gay civil rights leader, Bayard Rustin. . . . King would have been a champion of gay rights today because of his view of Christianity, says Michael Long, author of, I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters."
Jan 16, 2012
"Brother Ousider: The Life of Bayard Rustin"
"THIS IS A MUST-SEE DOCUMENTARY!!
Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and its national broadcasts on PBS' P.O.V. series and on Logo/MTV, Brother Outsider has introduced millions of viewers around the world to the life and work of Bayard Rustin--a visionary strategist and activist who has been called 'the unknown hero' of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
The recipient of more than 25 awards and honors, Brother Outsider has been shown at The United Nations, The Kennedy Center, and for members of Congress, as well as at hundreds of schools, community forums, labor gatherings, faith organizations, and film festivals; it is also being used widely in workplace diversity presentations at corporations, law firms, and other companies. To inquire about scheduling a screening at your workplace, school or organization, please send an email to info [at] rustin [dot] org"
Sep 28, 2011
In Memorium: Brother Bayard
-Denise Oliver Velez, Daily Kos
"Bayard Rustin, even in today's more liberal climate than those he organized in for so many long years, isn't given his due for two main reasons: he had been a member of the Communist Party and he was gay."
Aug 28, 2011
"Conversation with Julian Bond"
-In the Life
"Julian Bond in conversation with The Washington Posts's Jonathan Capehart, discussing the connection between the Black civil rights movement and the Gay civil rights movement."
Oct 13, 2008
"Conversation with Michael Long"
-CSPAN Book TV's After Words
"Michael Long, editor of I Must Resist, discusses a previous book First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson. Interviewed by The Washington's Post's Kevin Merida."
Jan 30, 2008