Known for being one of Dr. King's early mentors, Bayard Rustin supported King's practice of non-violent protests to provoke change after he spent time in India working with Gandhi's non-violent movement. Rustin brought the knowledge he learned in India to become one of the master strategists for King during the Civil Rights Movement. Bayard Rustin was an integral part of getting the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom March organized.
After leaving King's camp, Bayard Rustin continued to fight for human rights as well as gay rights. Rustin also sat on the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame before dying of a perforated appendix in 1987. Despite seemingly being written out of the Civil Rights Movement's history, plenty of educatIonal facilities have been named in his honor his commitment to equality for all of the citizens of America.