Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin screening and discussion
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community." In honor of this, join us for a screening of Brother Outsider, a documentary following the life of Bayard Rustin, who is said to be one of the most controversial figures of the Civil Rights Movement. Following the film, there will be a facilitated discussion reflecting on the experiences and ideas brought up in the film, how it relates to our current understanding of the social movements, and how we can apply these lessons of history to our current movements and social justice work. Film description: During his 60-year career as an activist, organizer and "troublemaker," Bayard Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the American civil rights movement. His passionate belief in Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence drew Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders to him in the 1940's and 50's; his practice of those beliefs drew the attention of the FBI and police. In 1963, Rustin brought his unique skills to the crowning glory of his civil rights career: his work organizing the March on Washington, the biggest protest America had ever seen. But his open homosexuality forced him to remain in the background, marking him again and again as a "brother outsider." Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin combines rare archival footage — some of it never before broadcast in the U.S. — with provocative interviews to illuminate the life and work of a forgotten prophet of social change. This event is free and open to the public.