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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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