Rustin, a key figure from the American civil rights movement, will be the focus of a conference at the
University of Illinois at Chicago, March 30 - 31, organized by UIC's Gender and Sexuality Center, will bring together artists, scholars, and community organizers to examine Rustin's legacy and discuss contemporary social
justice issues. Mandy Carter, National Coordinator of the Bayard Rustin Centennial 2012 Project of the National Black Justice Coalition will speak. A reception opens the event at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. John D'Emilio, UIC professor of history and gender and women's studiesand author of "Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin," will speak about Rustin's career and the social changes that were inspired by his efforts.
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