A.J. Muste Birthday 1/8/1885

1885  – “A.J.” Muste was born in Zierikzee, Netherlands (d. February 11, 1967 in New York, NY); a Dutch-born American clergyman, later a Quaker,  and political activist.

Muste is best remembered for his work in the labor movement, pacifist movement, anti-war movement, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Muste grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI.  

In 1966, Muste traveled with members of the Committee for Non-Violent Action to Saigon and Hanoi. He was arrested and deported from South Vietnam.

He was remembered by his contemporary, Norman Thomas, as a man who made ” a remarkable effort to show that pacifism was by no means passivism and that there could be such a thing as a non-violent social revolution.”