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We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin Hardcover – October 1, 2007

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Brimner sets Rustin's personal story against the history of segregation in his time and focuses on his leadership role, largely unacknowledged, in the struggle for civil rights. On each page, the clearly written, informal text is accompanied by eloquently captioned archival photos that include disturbing images of racist violence, as well as stirring pictures of Rustin "in protest mode," passing out antiwar leaflets, advising Dr. Martin Luther King on peaceful protest, organizing the triumphant 1963 March on Washington, and more. A big part of Brimner's book is the great leader's work behind the scenes and the possible reasons why he has not received the attention he deserves—brief membership in Communist party and his imprisonment for peace activism in World War II. Rustin's gay identity gets only passing mention in a final author's note. Source notes and a bibliography will guide readers to more about the man and to his writings. Rochman, Hazel

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* "A captivating biography. . . . A gem for students studying the Civil Rights Movement and an excellent addition to any American history collection." --School Library Connection, starred review


"Bayard Rustin's role is too often left out of young people's history books. . . . Larry Dane Brimner brings to readers in stirring fashion Rustin's lifelong consistent commitment to Gandhi's non-violence." --Chicago Tribune


"A fascinating volume, informative and well written. . . . An excellent addition to that growing body of literature about the Civil Rights movement." --Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1120L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Calkins Creek; First Edition edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590784987
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590784983
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. Howell on June 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Wow! Powerful! In a sea of books about the civil rights movement, this dynamic biography steers a refreshing course. While driven with clear purpose and passion, Brimner presents the story of Bayard Rustin with a lack of bias and moralizing. He allows Rustin's life and convictions to speak for themselves. Many of us have forgotten about this early founding brother of the civil rights movement. We will not forget him now. Before Rosa Parks made news with her refusal to give up her seat on the bus, Bayard Rustin was arrested for claiming the right his seat on a bus. Before Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, Rustin was planning the details of the 1963 march on Washington, DC. Rustin was an athlete, a musician and an actor. Most of all, Bayard Rustin was an individual who stood up against injustice. The text of WE ARE ONE is very readable and is complemented by appealing graphics and historical photographs. I found this book to be enlightening and inspiring. I believe that it will be affirming to audiences of all ages and races.
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Author Larry Dane Brimner unearths the fascinating story of a little known (until now) African American hero in the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s. Bayard Rustin played a prominent role in teaching Martin Luther King, Jr. a lot about nonviolence and the power of organized resistance. It was Rustin who organized the 1963 gathering in Washington DC where Dr. King gave his "I Have a Dream Speech." The book is a thoroughly researched easy read full of action photos and inspiring sidebars, written by an author of more than 150 books. If you want to learn about Dr. King, you need to know about Bayard (pronounced BYE-yard) Rustin. Appropriate for upper elementary age readers and older, including adults.
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The unheard presence of the civil rights movement's key player is finally told. Now, this book just needs to get into the hands of every student, every school, every home and every church. Brimer reveals that it was Rustin himself who preferred the background, but now that we have had the 50th anniversary of HIS march on Washington, it's about time to start naming some streets and buildings after him.
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"We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin was a gift to my son for his birthday. The following is his signed review of the book:

"We Are One" the story of Bayard Rustin teaches those whom read it to be inspired to have the courage to make life changes no matter how difficult they may be to achieve. It is an emotional read about civil rights which hopefully will enable everyone who reads it to release any anger and be forgiving in your heart and mind and enable you to be more open to greater love and to know we are all one. Review by: Tyrone Waters-- Submitted by Avel Gordly
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