Celebrate Pride Month with a special screening of Brother Outsider, an award-winning documentary about “the unknown hero of the civil rights movement” (TIME). Talkback with the film’s co-director and special guests immediately following.
Five years in the making and the winner of more than 25 international awards and honors, Brother Outsider illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called “the invisible man” and “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. A talented tenor who sang in Josh White’s quartet and appeared on Broadway with Paul Robeson in the 1930s, Rustin used singing as a central element in his lifelong advocacy for social change. In 2013, Rustin received a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom — America’s highest civilian honor — from Barack Obama, who described him as “an unyielding activist for civil rights, dignity, and equality for all who fought tirelessly for marginalized communities at home and abroad… As an openly gay African American, Mr. Rustin stood at the intersection of several of the fights for equal rights.”
A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Ali Forney Center for LGBT Youth