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8:30AM Tuesday, September 18 – 11:45PM Friday, December 14, 2012

Wade in the Water: Musical Life of American Civil Rights Leader

All are welcome to visit a new exhibit in Sterling Memorial Library—Wade in the Water: The Musical Life of American Civil Right Leader Bayard Rustin. This incredible blend of biography, music, and civil rights history come together in a stream of images and information celebrating Rustin’s life and work.
Recent historical accounts have credited Bayard Rustin (Hon. Yale Ph.D. 1984) with crafting the pacifist strategy of the modern civil rights movement (1954-1965). Rustin’s contributions to American politics and philosophy are little known to the American public (largely because Rustin was gay, historians now believe).
Even less well known are Rustin’s life and contribution as a serious musician. In an exhibit case on the Main Floor of Yale University Library you can learn about Bayard Rustin’s early (teen-aged) involvement with classical vocal and instrumental music, as well as his notable participation in African American choir performances in cities across the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. You can also learn about Rustin’s professional performing career in New York City during the late 1930s and his work in collecting repairing and building harpsichords in the 1940s and 1950s. To read more about the exhibit: http://www.library.yale.edu/librarynews/2012/09/wade_in_the_water_musical_life.html

Open to: General public
Admission: Free
Contact Information: Yale University Library, 203-432-1810

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