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President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom in August 2013.

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Filmmaker Nancy Kates and executive producer Sam Pollard describe the mark that Bayard Rustin left on America.


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, but his open homosexuality forced him to remain in the background.

  • Updated on February 9, 2015

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Until Feb. 19, 2016

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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