Celebrate People's History: Bayard Rustin
Medium:2 Color Offset Printed Poster
This is a poster with a dark blue background of a man in front of a building wearing a collared shirt and tie. There are words on the tie and it spills into the bottom of the image and wiggles around with text on it. It reads: “Loving your enemy is manifest in putting your arms not around the man but around the social situation to take power from those who misuse it, at which point they can become human too.”
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.