As part of our Pride Month festivities, please join LexPride in watching Brother Outsider, a compelling film about Bayard Rustin, a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the Black civil rights movement. Coretta Scott King once said that there would have been no MLK without Bayard Rustin.
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.
Bayard Rustin also played leadership roles in other civil rights movements as well, including the gay civil rights movement. On November 20, 2013, President Barack Obama bestowed a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — on Bayard Rustin. Walter Naegle, Rustin’s life partner, accepted the award.