February 15, 2024
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Campus Events WUMester
Henderson 112

Historical Film Nights presents an offering for our WUmester theme of "Community and Belonging".

The theme of "community and belonging" plays out in an interestingly double-edged way in George C. Wolfe's biopic about the civil-rights leader. On the one hand, Bayard Rustin is the key figure in pulling together the March on Washington in 1963, and getting Martin Luther King, Jr., onto that Lincoln Memorial-backed stage to deliver his "I have a dream" speech. The work required stitching together an alliance among diverse, often competing, Black civil-rights organizations to create a unified movement. On the other hand, as a gay man in an era in which no one was yet talking about rights for homosexuals, Rustin is an outlier even within the movement he creates. Rustin explores the interplay between these two themes in Rustin's life.