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Laborfest: Film: Brother Outsider

Date:
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Time:
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Event Type:
Screening
Organizer/Author:
Laborfest
Location Details:
Park Branch Library-Community Room
1833 Page Street, San Francisco N Judah train, Buses: 6, 33, 37, 43

FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival

Brother Outsider – 2003 (83 min.) By Nancy Kates, Bennett Singer

Long before Martin Luther King, Jr. became a national figure, Bayard Rustin routinely put his body — and his life — on the line as a crusader for racial justice. Rustin’s commitment to pacifism and his visionary advocacy of Gandhian nonviolence made him a pioneer in the 1940s, and captured King’s imagination in the 1950s. In 1963, with more than 20 years of organizing experience behind him, Rustin brought his unique skills to the crowning glory of his civil rights career: his work organizing the historic March on Washington, the biggest protest America had ever witnessed.
But Rustin was also seen as a political liability. He was openly gay during the fiercely homophobic era of the 40s and 50s; as a result, he was frequently shunned by the very civil rights movement he helped create. The compelling new film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin chronicles Rustin’s complex life story, a tale of race, prejudice, and idealism at the heart of 20th century America. Though he had to overcome the stereotypes associated with being an illegitimate son, an African American, a gay man and a one-time member of the Communist Party, Rustin — the ultimate outsider — eventually became a public figure and respected political insider. He not only shaped civil rights movement strategy as a longtime advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr., but was known and respected by numerous U.S. Presidents and foreign leaders.
The screening will be followed by audience Q&A.

Sponsored by Gray Panthers
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayard_Rustin
https://laborfest.net/event/brother-outsider-2003/
Added to the calendar on Tue, Jun 18, 2019 11:59PM
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