An sro room on Hamilton Place.
Particular as to his dress, an avid patron of flea markets and thrift shops, Rustin lived at Penn South, built in 1962 by The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. President Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt presided over dedication of the sprawling complex of modernist towers. Well-constructed affordable housing” built by the labor movement, in aesthetic terms there was little beyond simplicity to recommend his unfurnished home. But of course, no more than some new digs of mine, did it remain unfurnished for long.
Even being of age and no longer living at home, Walter remembers he was still nervous about telling his mother of his new boyfriend. He first sailed through the preliminaries stating: “I’m gay." In rapid order he added: He’s black. And he’s older than you.”