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Participants head out on a Bayard Rustin- focused walking tour in West Chester.
Participants head out on a Bayard Rustin- focused walking tour in West Chester.

POSTED: August 24, 2013

He suffered it in the Warner Theater, where black people were restricted to the balcony, and at the YMCA, where the young and athletic Bayard Rustin couldn’t play.

In West Chester, a town that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the civil rights legend, named this month to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, had his first encounters with inequality.

But the Chester County borough of 18,000 people also was where Rustin learned the Quaker principles that would propel his activism.

Rustin’s nonviolent protests as a teen in West Chester would be a precursor to his role as organizer of the historic 1963 March on Washington, whose 50th anniversary is Wednesday.

“He would sit where they told us not to sit. He would go…

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