Queer Film Series
Tuesday Febraury 14th
SURC Pit 5-7 p.m.
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin is the definitive film biography of one of the most controversial figures of the Civil Rights Movement. He was one of the first "Freedom Riders", an advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King and A. Philip Randolph, organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Intelligent, gregarious and charismatic, Rustin was denied his place in the limelight for one reason- he was gay.
His gender identity forced him to play a background role in landmark events in the Black struggle. This is a fascinating biography dealing with the interplay of personal and political in the life of a complex, multi-talented essential figure in the history of American radicalism. This film contributes a riveting new chapter to our understanding of both progressive movements and gay life in 20th century America.