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Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin #brotheroutsider

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PBS Premiere: January 20, 2003

Online: Jan. 19, 2015 – Feb. 19, 2016


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. Update: On August 8, 2013, President Barack Obama named Bayard Rustin a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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TAGS: 1960s, activism, activist, bayard rustin, gay rights, organizing, peace

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Film Information

Brother Outsider (83 min.)

Premiere Date: January 20, 2003

Streaming Dates: Jan. 19, 2015 – Feb. 19, 2016

Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Nancy Kates, Bennett Singer Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Official Site


Nancy Kates
Nancy Kates
Bennett Singer
Bennett Singer

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