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Center Screens Brother Outsider on 10/2

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An inspiring portrait of the “lost prophet” of the Civil Rights Movement!

The Center will be screening Nancy Kates’s and Bennett Singer’s compelling 2003 documentary Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin on Thursday, October 2nd as part of its Artswalk film series. The 83-minute film, which brings Rustin to life through rare archival footage, interviews with Rustin’s friends and colleagues, and the funny, passionate, and compelling words of the man himself, will be screened at 6:00pm and again at 7:45pm in the Center’s media vault. Admission is free but seating is limited, so please call 951-222-8846 or email socialjustice@rccd.edu to reserve your spot!

Bayard Rustin was an extraordinary person: talented singer, tireless organizer, gifted writer and debater, advocate of nonviolence  who traveled to India to study with Gandhi, advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., and chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Yet this African American champion of human rights remains largely unknown, in part because he was also an openly gay man in a homophobic era. J. Edgar Hoover himself tarred Rustin as a “suspected communist and known homosexual subversive.” As a result, despite his many gifts, Rustin was often pushed to remain behind the scenes and to prioritize the fight for racial equality over his right to express his sexuality. The irony of this contradiction drove his lifetime of activism on behalf of peace, civil rights, and economic freedom.

The Artswalk film series continues on Thursday, November 6th with the Inland Empire premiere of Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps, including a special presentation and koto performance by Shirley Muramoto-Wong, and on Thursday, December 4th with We Were Here:  The AIDS Years in San Francisco in honor of World AIDS Day.

This blog post was written by volunteer Danielle Kuffler.



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Fantastic Fall at the Center for Social Justice!


The Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties has many exciting events on the calendar for fall. The First Thursday Artswalk film series, begun in July, has been a great success and continues into fall with both new and award-winning documentaries. The film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, an inspiring portrait of the “lost prophet” of the Civil Rights Movement, will be screened on October 2nd. On November 6th, the Center is proud to announce the Inland Empire premiere of Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps. The film will be accompanied by a Q&A and koto performance by its Creative Director, Shirley Muramoto-Wong. Finally, on December 4th, the Center will show We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco in honor of World AIDS Day. Screenings are at 6pm and again at 7:45pm. Admission is free, but seating is limited; please contact the Center at 951-222-8846 or socialjustice@rccd.edu to reserve your spot!

The Center will also be participating in First Sundays again this fall, along with the other downtown museums and cultural organizations. A family-friendly event emphasizing arts and crafts, First Sundays is a wonderful opportunity to encourage kids’ creativity. On October 5th, the Center will be hosting a “Mural Party!” There will be readings from children’s books on Diego Rivera (who painted alongside our own Miné Okubo) and his wife Frieda Kahlo, a Diego-inspired wall mural for painting, and self-portraits of Frieda for kids to color and take home. In November we’ll be making Day of the Dead masks, and for December we’ll have Christmas cards for decorating, complete with a sweet holiday print by Miné!

In addition to these special events, the Center is open to the public every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Current exhibits include: “Riverside Stories,” an exploration of seven local families and individuals who sought to make the American Dream more just and inclusive; “Miné Okubo: An Introduction,” a retrospective of nearly sixty years of paintings by the famed RCC alumna and author of Citizen 13660; and the documentary Ain’t Gonna Be Treated This Way. If you are interested in joining our mailing list, volunteering, or scheduling a weekday tour or event, please contact the Center at 951-222-8846 or socialjustice@rccd.edu, or check out our website at http://socialjustice.rccd.edu. You can also follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/CSJCLRiverside and on Twitter and Instagram @CSJCLRiverside.