Bayard Rustin

The principal factors which influenced my life are

1) nonviolent tactics; 2) constitutional means; 3) democratic procedures; 4) respect for human personality; 5) a belief that all people are one.
Bayard Rustin


'Rustin's Place is named in honor of Bayard Rustin (1912-1987), who was an activist that worked and mentored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1960's civil rights movement. Rustin was the architect for the famous 1963 March on Washington, DC. Rustin was a man before his time because he was openly gay at the time when homophobia was extremely strong and restrictive.

Rustin's Place is a drop-in center where community members, ages 13+, can have a safe space to be themselves. Our program offers a place of support, empowerment, education on various topics and community engagement.  It is located minutes away from the historic Gas Light Square neighborhood, in St. Louis, Missouri. The new development around our site includes other small black owned businesses and  retail spaces that celebrates the historic character of the community. Rustin's Place is easily accessible via public transportation. 

Rustin's Place