Film honors forgotten activist

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Neal Boenzi
The documentary “Brother Outsider” tells the story of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, shown in 1964, the year after he organized the March on Washington. The film screens Wednesday night at Silver Cinemas in Denton.

Bayard Rustin was an integral part of the American civil rights movement and a trusted friend and peer of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rustin faded into obscurity, however, when other activists fighting for racial desegregation in America discovered Rustin was gay.

Chief among Rustin’s philosophies was Mahatma Ghandi’s belief in nonviolence. Rustin’s passion for nonviolent protest was one of the beliefs that drew King to the activist. He also developed a lot of the strategies that propelled the civil rights movement.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays-Denton is hosting a screening of Brother Outsider, a documentary film about Rustin — and the influence many still don’t know he had.

Featured guest the Rev. Peter Johnson, who worked with King and knew Rustin, will speak at the screening.

The screening starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Silver Cinemas at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. Interstate 35E.

Tickets cost $12. To buy advance tickets, visit

— Staff report

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