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Black History Month Film Screening : Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

by Mark Aaron Polger on 2024-01-26T15:50:00-05:00 | 0 Comments


Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2003, 83 minutes)

Thursday February 29, 2024, 2:30pm-4:00pm, CC CLUE 

Room 1L-103 (Library Theater)

film poster of Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

In celebration of Black History Month, the CSI Library will present a film screening of “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin”, a 2003 documentary about civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

Often cited as “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement, he was a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington. This documentary chronicles the life of this African-American civil rights activist, notable for his activism for racial equality, gay rights, socialist issues during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Bayard Rustin is also the subject of a film by Barack and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground Productions. The dramatization of his life can be seen in the film Rustin (2023), starring Colman Domingo, who was recently nominated for an Oscar for his leading role. 

This documentary film can be accessed off campus using our streaming video database, Kanopy.

Selected List of Books compiled by Professor Catherine Healey, Adjunct Reference Librarian

For further reading, please consult these book titles below. These books are available in print and electronic formats. If there is a call number, then it is  physically located on the 3rd floor of the CSI Library. If it has a hyperlink, then it is part of our extensive electronic book collection. 

Anderson, J. (1997). Bayard Rustin: troubles I’ve seen: a biography. HarperCollins Publishers.  (Print copy: Stacks 3rd Floor, Call Number E185.97.R93 A53 1997)

Brown, J. P., Lipton, B., & Morisy, M. (Eds.). (2019). Activists under surveillance: the FBI files. The MIT Press. Ebook:

D’Emilio, J. (2014). In a new century: essays on queer history, politics, and community life. The University of Wisconsin Press. Ebook:

D’Emilio, J. (2003). Lost prophet: the life and times of Bayard Rustin. Free Press. Ebook:

Faulkner, N. (Ed.). (2017). Top 101 reformers, revolutionaries, activists, and change agents. Britannica Educational Publishing in association with Rosen Educational Services.  Ebook:

Jacobs, P., & Landau, S. (1966). The new radicals; a report with documents. Random House. (Print copy: Stacks 3rd Floor, Call Number E839.5 .J3)

Levine, D. (2000). Bayard Rustin and the civil rights movement. Rutgers University Press. (Print copy: Stacks 3rd Floor, Call Number E185.97.R93 L49 2000). Also available as an Ebook:

Mumford, K. J. (2016). Not straight, not white: black gay men from the march on Washington to the AIDS crisis. The University of North Carolina Press. (Print copy: Stacks 3rd Floor, Call Number HQ76.27 .A37 M86 2016. Also available as an Ebook:

Podair, J. E. (2009). Bayard Rustin American dreamer. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Ebook:


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