Bayard Rustin

POFEV Celebrates Bayard Rustin

Purchase Brother OutsiderPOFEV joined with the Richmond, VA, NAACP to sponsor a showing of the Bayard Rustin biopic Brother Outsider at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church on August 28, 2013. Rustin, though most widely known for his role as the director of the 1963 March on Washington, also navigated through his adult life as an out gay man at a time when few in such public positions were willing to do so. Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams wrote a magnificent account of the screening that raised the remarkable question, "What would have become of the March on Washington if homophobia had won?"

The event was part the March on Richmond for Jobs and Freedom co-sponsored by the Urban League of Greater Richmond, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, and Richmond NAACP, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. It was held in conjunction with the National Black Justice Coalition's effort to broaden recognition of Rustin's life and works. We were delighted that Kim Allen, President of the Richmond NAACP, joined the evening, along with many Quakers from the Richmond area (Rustin was a member of the Friends), and others from various parts of the community. Rustin was one of the truly great activists of the 20th Century, and we have much to learn from him. Rustin_Film_Flyer.png

POFEV is planning other events to celebrate Rustin's life and legacy in coming months. Look out for future announcements and learn more about Bayard Rustin's life at the Brother Outsider website. We also strongly urge you to see Brother Outsider for yourself online or on DVD through Netflix to learn about Bayard Rustin's remarkable life and contributions.

POFEV (People of Faith for Equality in Virginia), P.O. Box 4919, Richmond, VA 23220 •