Bayard Rustin Presidential Medal of Freedom

Sabrina    Zarco

Pecos, United States

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This work is made entirely of fabric. The original work is in the collection of activist Mandy Carter.

Artist Statement: This art quilt serves as a tribute to the life and work of Bayard Rustin. He was a leader in social justice movements for civil rights, pacifism, non-violence, and gay rights. The implied rainbow and words in the clouds in this work speak to the many causes for which he worked and his love of all things hand made by marginalized artists.

His necktie with musical notes is a nod to his love of music and time as a musician. He wears the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom on his chest.

2013 marks the 50th anniversary year of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The key coordinator was Bayard Rustin. Bayard Rustin was a tireless crusader for justice, a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr. and architect of the historic 1963 March on Washington. Bayard Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during his 60 years of activism.

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