Letter from President Jimmy Carter to American civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, on White House stationery.
The letter is dated March 27th, 1978 and addressed to Rustin at the A. Philip Randolph Institute. Includes the White House mailing envelope. The full letter reads: “To Bayard Rustin, I want to thank you for the support you have expressed as a member of the Black Leadership Forum for the Civil Service reforms I recently proposed to Congress. Endorsement from distinguished citizens such as yourself will help focus public attention on the need for these important reforms. I appreciate your efforts. Sincerely. Jimmy Carter.”
Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) was one of the most influential black protest leaders of the 20th century. Often working behind the scenes, he advised A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King, Jr. on pacifist demonstrations. He assisted the Carter Administration with the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, which aimed to restructure federal personnel management and streamline the ability for federal workers to unionize. Rustin was a lifelong advocate for the AFL-CIO and endorsed the Reform Act. It was signed into law in October of 1978 and remains one of the cornerstone domestic policy victories for the Carter Administration.