Bayard Rustin, until very recently, was the unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement. While working behind the scenes his religious passion, his sense of honor, his belief in non-violent civil disobedience, his tactical planning skills, and his considerable oratory, combined to make him one of the most influential people in the history of Social Justice.A student of Mohandas Gandhi, Rustin became an invaluable advisor and mentor to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during one of the most turbulent times in U.S. History. Rustin was also an openly gay man during an era when it was hard enough being a black man, let alone an openly gay black man. The living embodiment of what came to be called "Rainbow Politics", Bayard passed away on August 24, 1987.In 2012 a bronze memorial commemorating his extraordinary life was dedicated on Chicago’s award-winning Legacy Walk.Please join us on Wednesday August 24, 2016 when we remember Bayard on the 29th Anniversary of his passing…
- 5:30p Ceremony | Bayard Rustin Bronze Memorial | 3314 N. Halsted\
- 6:30p Screening | "Brother Outsider" | Center on Halsted | 3656 N. Halsted
- 8:00p Reception and Q&A with Walter Naegle (Bayard’s surviving partner) and John D’Emilio (Author of LOST PROPHET: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin)
This unique evening is brought to you by the Legacy Project, Center on Halsted, and the Northalsted Business Alliance, in cooperation with our presenting partner Affinity Community Services.