In celebration of Black History Month, the Library Monthly Film Screening will be Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. The event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in the Library Theatre (Building 1L, Room 203) from 2:30pm to 4:00pm. THis is a CLUE event.

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, is a 2003 documentary about civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. Often cited as “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement, he was a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington. This documentary chronicles the life of this African American civil rights activist, notable for his activism for racial equality, gay rights, and socialist issues during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

Bayard Rustin is also the subject of a 2023 film by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions. The dramatization of his life can be seen in the film, “Rustin,”starring Colman Domingo, who was recently nominated for an Oscar for his leading role. 

For more information, including a selected bibliography on Bayard Rustin, please visit our blog post.

Hope to see you there.

By Amy F. Stempler