Morehouse College Debuts Bayard Rustin Scholarship

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September 26, 2012

Students at Morehouse College in Atlanta have created the Bayard Rustin Scholars Program, named after the late LGBT and civil rights pioneer. The program will allow eleven incoming freshmen to take a curriculum based on Rustin’s work in social justice and community organizing. Rustin, a major figure in the civil rights movement, helped organize the 1963 March on Washington but was publically shunned after coming out as gay. The students who set up the Scholars Program, Jamal Terron, Kenneth Maurice Pass and Marcus Lee, said they hoped it would serve to enhance the “spirit of teaching social advocacy and communalism” on campus, adding “It’s about not letting the rainbow blind you from the message of human improvement.”