alr

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

Nancy D. Kates in Conversation with Jerome Offord • Free for Harvard ID holders
Directed by Nancy D. Kates and Bennett Singer.
US, 2003, digital video, black & white, 83 min.

The film shares the journey and life of a civil rights trailblazer, activist and strategist who was excluded based on his decision to live authentically as an openly gay man. Organizing the first “freedom rides” in the 40s, the charismatic Rustin had a significant influence on Martin Luther King, Jr. He was the force behind Dr. King’s nonviolence movement and the pioneering catalyst behind the 1963 March on Washington, yet no one has heard of him. In his own time, he was arrested, threatened and denied his rightful position as a leader in the civil rights community. Brother Outsider attempts to help right this historical injustice by filling in the fascinating details and painting a vibrant, complicated portrait. After the film, we will have an interactive discussion focusing on Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community and the role of Mr. Rustin, often regarded as “the unknown hero of the civil rights movement.” – Jerome Offord

Part of program

Read more

Celebrating Black History Month

Current and upcoming programs

Read more

Kinuyo Tanaka—Actress, Director, Pioneer

Read more

Joyce Chopra, Lady Director

Read more

Nobody’s Hero by Alain Guiraudie

Read more

The Ever-Expanding Cinema of Ernie Gehr

Read more

Remapping Latin American Cinema: Chilean Film/Video 1963 – 2013

Read more

Youjin Moon. Inner and Outer Space

Read more

Andrés Di Tella – Archives and Memory

Read more

Alice Diop’s Souvenirs of Lost Time

Read more

The McMillan-Stewart Fellowship: Kivu Ruhorahoza