BAYARD RUSTIN RECEIVES THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM! On November 20, 2013, Barack Obama bestowed a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — on Bayard Rustin. Walter Naegle, Rustin’s surviving life partner, accepted the award. Rustin was one of 16 Americans honored at this ceremony. To view C-SPAN’s coverage of this event, click here.
Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and its national broadcasts on PBS’ P.O.V. series, Logo/MTV, and public television’s America ReFramed series, BROTHER OUTSIDER has introduced millions of viewers around the world to the life and work of Bayard Rustin — a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The recipient of more than 25 awards and honors, BROTHER OUTSIDER has been shown at The United Nations, The Kennedy Center, and for members of Congress, as well as at hundreds of schools, community forums, labor gatherings, faith organizations, and film festivals; it is also being used widely in workplace diversity presentations at corporations, law firms, and other companies. To inquire about scheduling a screening at your workplace, school or organization, please send an email to info [at] rustin [dot] org or use the Contact link below. You can also download the discussion/ curriculum guide, produced in partnership with Frameline’s Youth In Motion program. To find out more about upcoming screenings, conferences, readings, performances and other events, click here.
Watch the three-minute trailer below: