Read the following quotes from Bayard Rustin and let your prayers emerge from them today:

 

When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge their dignity as a human being, this very act of protest confers dignity on them. (Bayard Rustin)

 

We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers. (Bayard Rustin)

 

The only way to reduce ugliness in the world is to reduce it in yourself. (Bayard Rustin)

 

The proof that one truly believes is in action. (Bayard Rustin)

 

To the children of Cleveland, Dec. 3, 1969, after a city leader had invited him to write a letter for public exhibit designed to help children understand “the magnificent times in which we live”:

We must remember that we cannot hope to achieve democracy and equality in such a way that would destroy the very kind of society which we hope to build. If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end. If we desire a society in which people are siblings, then we must act towards one another with respect as siblings. If we can build such a society, then we would have achieved the ultimate goal of human freedom. (Bayard Rustin)