Bayard Rustin

Blacks should stand with gays on marriage equality

The 400-year advancement of African-Americans from chattel, to sharecroppers, to second-class citizens under Jim Crow, to our current status as emancipated citizens in today's democracy is one of the most powerful and transformative — although incomplete — stories in world history.

The civil rights struggle is far from over for black people. We still have a long path forward to preserve our precious gains and narrow the stubborn educational, employment, housing and criminal justice disparities that hold us back. In order to advance these causes, we'll need to work — as we always have — in coalition with other historically disadvantaged groups, including Latinos, Asian-Americans,...