National Headquarters of 1963’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
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170 West 130th Street
Bayard Rustin was an iconic Civil Rights leader who was also an activist for gay rights and non-violence. He is best known for organizing the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 where Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech was given. Harlem was where he spent time organizing and fundraising for the March and he did so at the former Utopia Neighbourhood Clubhouse at 170 West 130th Street. Previously, the building’s facade was designed by Vertner Woodson Tandy—a resident of Strivers’ Row (an African American Harlem enclave) and the first African American architect registered in New York State—in addition to its address formerly housing the Sojourner Truth House for the care of “delinquent colored girls.” Bayard Rustin died in NYC in 1987.