Tuesday, February 17, 6pm - 7:30pm
NYU Bookstore Celebrates African American History Month
Join filmmaker Bennett Singer and author Walter Naegle for a screening and reading to celebrate civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.
Five years in the making and the winner of more than 25 international awards and honors, "Brother Outsider" illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called “the invisible man” and “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. In 2013, Rustin received a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom —America’s highest civilian honor — from Barack Obama.
The screening with be followed by a Q&A session with co-director Bennett Singer and a reading by Walter Naegle, Rustin's surviving life partner and co-author of the newly published Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist.
Light refreshments will be served.
Co-sponsored by NYU's Office of Government and Community Affairs.