I have always known about Bayard Rustin, it amazes me that so many folks are now just finding out about him and the truth behind the March on Washington.
If it was not for Rustin and A. Phillip Randolph there would not have been a MOW.
Mahalia Jackson is the one who told MLK, JR to do the I Have A Dream Speech, most do not know it was not the first time he have given it.
Most forget that the first attempt at MOW was in 1940, with A. Phillip Randolph and Rustin.
People forget all about the first March in 1957. Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom. King spoke at that one too, Mahalia Jackson peformed at that one too.
Mahalia Jackson is sometimes an unsung heroine in the Movement. She lended her voice to many of the Civil Rights Movement events and even sung for King one last time at his funeral.