During his 60-year career as an activist, organiser 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 1940s and 50s; 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 organising 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 with interviews illuminating the life and work of a forgotten prophet of social change.
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, 2003 (dir. Nancy Kates, Bennett Singer), a screening organised by Preston Black History Group.
Tuesday 16th February, 7pm
Jalgos Sports and Social Club, Rose Street, Preston PR1 3XY
(18+ year old admission)