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Intersections of Equality: The Bayard Rustin Story


Time: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Ohio Staters Traditions Room, Ohio Union

Admission: Free

Intersections of Equality: The Bayard Rustin Story

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Bayard Rustin's birth, and the Multicultural Center is pleased to share the film "Brother Outsider" and facilitate a discussion about this visionary strategist and activist who has been called "the unknown hero" of the civil rights movement.

A master strategist and tireless activist, Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. He brought Gandhi's protest techniques to the American civil rights movement, and helped mold Martin Luther King, Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence.

Despite these achievements, Rustin was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era. This remarkable film presents a portrait focusing on Rustin's activism for peace, racial equality, economic justice and human rights.

Today, the United States is still struggling with many of the issues Bayard Rustin sought to change during his long, illustrious career. His focus on civil and economic rights and his belief in peace, human rights and the dignity of all people remain as relevant today as they were in the 1950s and 60s.

All are welcome at this film and discussion to take place on February 20 at 3 pm in the Multicultural Center in the Ohio Union.

Angie Wellman

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