Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin is shown at the N.Y. Hilton in this Dec. 14, 1970 photo.
Months before Martin Luther King Jr. declared "I Have a Dream" to galvanize a crowd of thousands, Bayard Rustin was planning all the essential details to make the 1963 March on Washington a success.
Rustin, who died in 1987, is sometimes forgotten in Civil Rights history. He was a Quaker and pacifist who opposed the Vietnam War and had flirted with communism. He was also gay and often considered an outcast.
Fifty years later, Rustin's legacy is a key part of the March anniversary. Civil rights leaders are planning an unprecedented inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people this month as part of a larger movement calling for equal rights for all.
President Obama also plans to honor Rustin this year with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.