Join us for a prerelease screening of the Netflix film Rustin, an inspiring story based on the life and work of Bayard Rustin, close advisor to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and one of the most influential and effective organizers of the civil rights movement. Produced by Academy award winner Bruce Cohen ‘83, Higher Ground’s Tonia Davis and George C. Wolfe, the film features an all-star cast including Colman Domingo, Chris Rock, Glynn Turman, Jeffrey Wright and Audra McDonald.
This event culminates in a conversation between Rustin producer Bruce Cohen ‘83, Rustin costume designer and co-chair of design at the David Geffen School of Drama Toni-Leslie James, and Yale African American Studies and American Studies professor Crystal Feimster
The architect of 1963’s momentous March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was one of the greatest activists and organizers the world has ever known. He challenged authority, never apologized for who he was, what he believed, or who he desired. And he did not back down. He made history, and in turn, he was forgotten.
Directed by DGA award and five-time Tony award winner George C. Wolfe and starring Emmy award winner Colman Domingo, Rustin shines a long overdue spotlight on the extraordinary man who, alongside giants like King, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and Ella Baker, dared to imagine a different world, and inspired a movement in a march toward freedom.
In select theaters November 3 and on Netflix November 17.