Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
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Not only was Rustin a gay African American, but he also had a partner that was white, which made him stand out even more. While he was not always accepted, even by his fellow civil rights activists, he always kept his head up and believed in his choices and causes. Rustin wanted acceptance for everyone. His non-violent approach allowed him to work with the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. in trying to get equal rights for African Americans in the United States.
This film introduces us to Rustin through current interviews and archival footage that allow us to see just how unique he was as a person. One of the most interesting aspects of the film highlights Rustin's determination and unwillingness to give up. Adam Clayton Powell tried to hold Rustin's sexuality against him during the 1960 Democratic Convention. Powell threatened to spread rumors about Rustin's sexuality if the Civil Rights activists did not stop protesting. This threat got to Martin Luther King Jr., but did not scare Rustin. He continued on fighting for what he believed in.
This film is extremely educational and enjoyable as it highlights the life of someone who was extremely important in the Civil Rights Movement yet never got the credit that they deserved. I enjoyed this film a great deal.
Bayard Rustin was an activist who believed only in non-violent movements. He was a conscientious objector during World War II and did his part in fighting against inequality once the war ended. While Rustin was not accepted by everyone -sometimes not even his fellow Civil Rights activists- he always worked his hardest to make contributions to the movement. His sense of humor and determination allowed him to stick out and be successful in what he did.
The archival material added to the overall success of this film as it allowed us to see Rustin in action. It really brought his conscious activism to the surface and conveyed what a truly amazing man Rustin was. All of the controversial topics in this film really kept me at the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next.
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Great piece of history that rarely gets talked about. It was interesting to see the behind the scenes role Rustin played in the movement.Published 3 months ago by Lawrence Patterson
Watched the documentary with a bunch of friends. Bayard Rustin- was an African American, Quaker, Gay, brilliant strategist, architect of the March on Washington in 1963 and to my... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cecilia P Yocum
Sorry folks, If you thought Martin Luther King Jr, had a dream, then the source of the dream dust was A. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Thomas Nicholson
I shocked at how our history books leave this great man out of the story of Civil Rights! Sad.