May 11, 2020 – Educators’ Webinar 1: Bayard Rustin and His Message of Peace


Monday May 11, 2020
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM PDT

Join us for a webinar on Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin and His Message of Peace!

Please note: This webinar is primarily for K-3 Grades teachers, but teachers and educators from all grade levels are welcome to join all webinars.

Bayard Rustin was a primary organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and a frequent adviser to MLK but he was lesser known because of his identity as an openly gay man.  He is known for persuading MLK’s team to adopt complete nonviolence, teaching them Gandhian nonviolent direct protest. 

In this webinar, teachers will be introduced to a K-3 lesson about Bayard Rustin and will create an accordion book to frontload vocabulary words in the lesson just like the ones students will create when learning about this historical figure. The content presented in this webinar is aligned with the California History-Social Science Framework and Standards. Teachers will walk away with an activity and a quick lesson that they can use in their online classrooms after the webinar.

Those who complete this webinar may be eligible for PD Hours in LAUSD. For more information, contact Erik Adamian at

About the presenter

Susan Simpson is an elementary teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, currently teaching kindergarten.  She has taught in all grades K-8 during her teaching career, but early primary grades are her favorite.  Susan is finishing her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at USC where her focus is LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum and pedagogy in the primary grades.


About the facilitators

Erik Adamian is the Associate Director of Education at the One Institute. In collaboration with educational organizations and teachers, Erik develops LGBTQ history programing and resources for K-12 students and teachers, such as Professional Learning Symposia for educators and a Youth Ambassadors for Queer History Program. He has presented at the NCSS and CCSS Annual Conferences, and Teaching History Conference. He graduated from UCLA with a BA in English and Civic Engagement.

Dr. Rob Darrow is a lifelong Californian who works as an educational consultant in LGBTQ history, safe and inclusive schools, curriculum development, college and career planning, and digital learning. He has worked as an online school principal, adjunct professor, school librarian, and teacher in K-12 schools. His research interests include safe and inclusive environments for LGBT youth, LGBT history, blended and online learning, professional learning, creating a social presence in online courses, and school libraries.

Image credit: Bayard Rustin, half-length portrait, facing front, microphones in foreground/World Telegram & Sun photo by Stanley Wolfson. Circa 1965. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. Stanley Wolfson, photographer.

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