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Brother Outside: Bayard Rustin (video resources)

Authored by: Nancy Kates, Bennett Singer

Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin

Produced by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer in January 2015 for the POV series of the Public Broadcasting System, this film chronicles the complex life story of Bayard Rustin – a tale of race, prejudice, and idealism at the heart of 20th century America.

A Quaker, Rustin's commitment to pacifism and his visionary advocacy of Gandhian nonviolence made him a pioneer in the 1940s, and captured King's imagination in the 1950s. But Rustin was also seen as a political liability. He was openly gay during the fiercely homophobic era of the 40s and 50s; as a result, he was frequently shunned by the very civil rights movement he helped create.

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HS and older
Video production
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Community , Diversity, Equity, & Antiracism , Anti-War, War, & Weapons