In honor of Martin Luther King Day, this year Hands On Greater Portland will partner with SMYRC and PFLAG Portland Black Chapter to show Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. Rustin was a tireless civil rights activist and key organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, which is still one of the largest nonviolent protests in U.S. history. Simply for being a gay man, Bayard Rustin was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions. Like many before him, his pivotal role in bringing the Gandhian principles of non-violence to the fight for equal rights has been nearly erased from history.
We suggest that folks who sign up for this event bring food to donate to SMYRC (healthy and non-perishable items are best, and grocery gift cards are even better!) and clothing (especially socks, gloves, warm hats, scarves, underwear and thermal underwear as well as wigs for the costume closet!). We will follow the screening with a discussion of how the events portrayed in the documentary relate to the current climate of racism and homophobia still pervasive in America, especially as politicians debate the future of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and as we face the countless suicides of young people simply because they were or were perceived as being LGBTQQ. We’ll talk about how to get involved in local and national organizations that engage in education, advocacy and action around these pressing issues.
Join the discussion as we remember Martin Luther King and Bayard Rustin!
Learn more about the film and Bayard Rustin here: http://rustin.org/
Find out how you can get involved:
SMYRC is at 3024 NE MLK Boulevard.