Free Documentary Screening Highlights the Life of Activist Bayard Rustin Thursday, Mar. 21



The Cambridge GLBT Commission and the Cambridge Peace Commission are sponsoring a viewing of the acclaimed documentary Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.  This free event will be held Thursday, Mar. 21, at 6 p.m., at Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway.  Opening reception with food and refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m. A panel discussion will follow with Cambridge Vice Mayor E. Denise Simmons, activist, Cambridge Peace Commission Executive Director Brian Corr, and 2012 Bayard Rustin Service Award recipient Priscilla Lee.

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin details Rustin’s life, from his beginnings as an out gay man, a Quaker, and a pacifist, to his later years working tirelessly as a leader in the civil rights movement.  Premiering at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, the film has received numerous awards and accolades, including the 2004 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary and a 2004 nomination for NAACP Award for Best Nonfiction Programming.

Bayard Rustin is most recognized for his crucial role in the civil rights movement as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.  However, the story of Rustin encompasses so much more than that one historic event.  From being a defender of civil rights for multiple minority groups, to a peace activist, to an organizational strategist, to countless other roles he occupied during his extraordinary life, Rustin was multifaceted, complex, and fearless.  He was an opponent of anything regarded as injustice and prided himself as an ‘angelic troublemaker’ when it came to fighting and correcting inequality. From his studies and incorporation of Gandhi ‘s nonviolence protest techniques, to his mentorship and work with Martin Luther King, Jr., to his debates with Malcolm X, Rustin was an unwavering and tireless champion for peace and equality for all individuals.

The mission of the Cambridge GLBT Commission is to advocate for a culture of respect and to monitor progress toward equality of all persons with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. We are committed to promoting and monitoring policies and practices that have a positive effect on the health, welfare, and safety of all persons who live, visit, or work in the City of Cambridge with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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