Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast



It is with considerable regret that I write to inform you that, in light of the emergent developments concerning COVID-19, we will not be able to hold this year’s Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast as scheduled on Saturday April 18 at the John F. Kennedy Library.


The safety of our supporters, staff and clients is of paramount importance to us. We are also mindful that it is essential that we all do our part to minimize the risk of community spread. We will continue to adhere to the guidance of the State of Massachusetts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Governor Baker to inform our decisions about whether/when to reschedule the event.


As might be expected with such a fluid set of circumstances, we cannot give you a certain date when the Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast will be rescheduled. While we are in discussions with the JFK Library regarding future possibilities, our primary consideration when determining whether/when to proceed will be informed by the guidance of the CDC and Mass DPH regarding the resumption of large community events.


If you purchased one or more tickets to the event, we ask that you to stay with us, and retain your tickets until further notice. If you had planned to attend as a guest of a Table Patron or Sponsor, we ask that you stay in touch with your host, as we will be notifying them with updates as soon as we have them.


If you prefer to convert your ticket or table purchase into an outright gift at this time, we invite you to reach out to us at If you would like us to refund your ticket, we ask you to send an email request to with the name and email address of the person whose credit card was charged when the tickets were purchased. Please note that we cannot honor requests for refunds on behalf of other people, so we ask that the person who made the purchase contact us.


If you would like an update on Fenway’s response to the Coronavirus, please go to This page is updated regularly.


Again, on behalf of AIDS Action and Fenway Health, I regret having to make this announcement but our leadership team felt strongly that it was the best course of action. If you have questions or would like further information, please email Franc Castro at during regular business hours.


As always, we thank you so much for your loyal support of AIDS Action.


Ellen LaPointe

Please join us for the 31st annual Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast.

Saturday, April 18, 2020
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Columbia Point, Boston 02125

Entrance is $25 per person to help offset the cost of the community breakfast. Seating is limited to room capacity.
Get your tickets online. Please call 857.313.6736 if you have any questions.

For information regarding tickets, corporate sponsorship, or the planning committee, please contact Franc Castro at 857.313.6736.


The Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast maintains a tradition of commemorating and celebrating the life and work of Bayard Rustin, one of the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Created by AIDS Action 30 years ago, the Breakfast recognizes the roles of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from communities of color in the fight against AIDS. The Breakfast is an inspiring event, drawing on the spirit of Bayard Rustin’s work in human rights, civil rights, and social activism. It is the longest-running event honoring Bayard Rustin’s legacy in the country.


The event includes entertainment and the awarding of honors in the names of Bayard Rustin and Belynda Dunn, an activist and former staff member of AIDS Action who contributed greatly to the fight against AIDS and related illnesses here in Boston.


*If you are unable to cover the cost of the event ticket, please contact us at 857.313.6736.  No one will be turned away due to financial hardship.


Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors

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