California Governor Gavin Newsome Posthumously Pardoned Rustin

Civil rights organizer Bayard Rustin, left, with Martin Luther King Jr. Rustin was arrested on a “morals charge” in Pasadena in 1953.

California Governor Gavin Newsome posthumously pardoned Rustin for his 1953 arrest for a “moral charge”. That shadow hung over him during all the years he worked with Dr Martin Luther King Jr as a champion in the Civil Rights Movement. The shadow kept him more to the sidelines although he worked as an influential advisor to King. Newsom said the clemency program will allow pardons for others who were subjected to discriminatory arrests and prosecutions that unjustly targeted LGBTQ Californians.

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