Learn about Bayard Rustin, one of the heroes of the 1963 March on Washington as we screen the award winning documentary film, Brother Outsider.
The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom has become an iconic event in US History. We are all aware of the compelling oratory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, but how many of us are aware of one of the movements most effective organizers and unconventional activists for whom this was a crowning achievement? His name was Bayard Rustin and we daresay the 1963 march would not been such an overwhelming success had it not been for his involvement and leadership. . He was an openly gay man. This is why we did not hear much about him, for 1963 was not an easy time to be gay… much less openly gay.
Discover the “invisible man” of the African-American civil rights movement, the man who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the strategies and tactics of nonviolent direct action. Rustin was the brilliant organizer of many demonstrations including the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, but was often marginalized because he was an openly gay man with radical politics.
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