My single encounter with Bayard Rustin [“March’s forgotten man,” Style, Aug. 22] was when he spoke to a group of Mississippi-bound civil rights volunteers in 1964. I don’t remember how it came up, but he implored us never to accumulate lots of books. “Sure, keep a few references in your home,” he advised. “You need them. But don’t get bogged down by boxes and boxes of books.” Following his advice over the years, every time I give a book away, I think of Mr. Rustin, traveling light.

Grenville B. Whitman, Rock Hall, Md.