The Rustin Fund for Global Equality was created in 2015 to honor the legacy of Bayard Rustin, a black, openly gay American civil rights activist. Rustin is best known for his role organizing the March on Washington, in 1963, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rustin’s later work included a heavy focus on refugee affairs. Rustin served as Vice Chairman of the International Rescue Committee, helped to found the National Emergency Coalition for Haitian Refugees, and was Chairman of the Executive Committee of Freedom House. He died in 1987. In 2013, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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