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Documentary “Brother Outsider” to be Shown at W&L

A film screening of the documentary “Brother Outsider” on the life and work of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin will be shown on Monday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.

The film is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the W&L’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Student Activities.

“Brother Outsider” documents the life and work of Bayard Rustin, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an openly gay civil rights activist and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington.

Rustin, a visionary strategist and activist, has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. He was a disciple of Gandhi and a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. On Nov. 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.

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.

There will be a Q&A after the screening with Professor Ted DeLaney and Naegle. A reception will follow the Q&A.