Quote of the Day: Bayard Rustin on Racial Identity

The civil rights leader on the significance of identifying with one’s own culture and race.

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Bayard Rustin 

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You can read this quote by Bayard Rustin, from a 1960 radio show with Malcolm X, in Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations. Read the quote in its full context here.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Root. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.