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February 21, 2022

K-State SAGA hosts 'Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin' film screening

Submitted by Brandon Haddock

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The K-State Sexuality and Gender Alliance and the LGBT Resource Center invite you to the film screening and discussion of "Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in 205 Morris Family Multicultural Student Center. "Brother Outsider" is a documentary that creates a multifaceted approach to the complexity of the life of Rustin in the era of the civil rights movement.

Inspired by Gandhi and a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., Rustin became one of the leading architects of the 1963 March on Washington during the civil rights movement. Rustin was a leader and inspiration of many in the fight for civil rights. Rustin also was unapologetically living as an openly gay man during this time — facing not just racism but homophobia as well. Although Rustin was silenced and threatened by his peers and under investigation by government agencies, he served as an outspoken leader for several decades. It was not until after his death that he was recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2013.

The documentary "Brother Outsider" is the recipient of more than 25 awards and honors, and featured at showings at the United Nations, the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Congress. This telling of the life of Rustin has helped to reassert the erased history and identities in the civil rights movement.

Following the viewing, a discussion will be held, moderated by Shannon Skelton from the School of Music, Theater, and Dance. All are welcome to attend and participate.

Film rights secured by the LGBT Resource Center, a part of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs.