“Brother Outsider:  The Life of Bayard Rustin”

Film Screening and Discussion


DOJ Pride (the Department’s association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and their allies), the DOJ Association of Black Attorneys, and the JMD Equal Employment Opportunity Staff will co-sponsor a free screening of “Brother Outsider:  The Life of Bayard Rustin” at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, in the Great Hall of the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building.   The film screening will broadcast on JTN.

Brother Outsider illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement.  He was a tireless crusader for justice, a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the legendary 1963 March on Washington.  Mr. Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the homophobic 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.  Brother Outsider reveals the price that Mr. Rustin paid for this openness, chronicling both the triumphs and setbacks of his remarkable 60-year career.  A question and answer session with the filmmaker, Bennett Singer, and Mr. Rustin’s surviving partner, Walter Naegle will be held.