Bayard Rustin at 100: Rediscovering a Forgotten Hero

Thursday, February 9, 2012 @ 12:30pm

Event Info


$12; $10 for students and CHM members


Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St.





Chicago History Museum

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

Bayard Rustin (1912–87) was instrumental in bringing Gandhi’s protest techniques from India to America in the 1940s, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and an organizer of the seminal 1963 March on Washington. Despite his achievements, Rustin was expunged from history—largely because he dared to be an openly gay man during a fiercely homophobic era. Join filmmaker Bennett Singer (codirector of Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, shown as part of the LGBT Film Series on January 28) and Rustin’s life partner Walter Naegle for a conversation on Rustin’s life and legacy—including his rediscovery by a new generation of Americans committed to social and economic justice.