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Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

Film Screening

Presented by Minority Squared and the Black Student Alliance

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Location: Nau Hall, Room 101


Bayard Rustin (1912-1987), best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, was a tireless activist who helped mold Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. into an international symbol of nonviolence and justice.  Rustin's commitment to pacifism and his visionary advocacy of Gandhian nonviolence made him a pioneer in the 1940s, and captured King's imagination in the 1950s.

Despite his numerous achievements related to Civil Rights in America, Rustin was seen as a political liability because he was an openly gay man.  Fired from leadership positions and often silenced, he was frequently shunned by the civil rights movement he helped to create.

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin combines rare archival footage with provacative interviews to illuminate the life and 60-year career of a passionate activist for peace, justice, racial equality, and human rights.

View the trailer here.