To learn more about Bayard Rustin, find the documentary aptly titled Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. Here's a trailer:
Rustin continued to fight for racial equality, economic justice and gay rights. He opposed the Vietnam War and helped the plight of Jews in the Soviet Union. During his life, he regularly bounced back from bouts of unemployment and low-income jobs due to his race and sexual orientation. He died at age 75 in 1987.
Let's face it. Oscar loves biopics. Think of of the stars who have taken home some Hollywood gold for playing late, famous -- or infamous -- newsmakers. Actors who played King George IV, writers Virginia Woolf and Truman Capote, singers Edith Piaf and Ray Charles, actors Katharine Hepburn and Bela Lugosi, San Francisco politician Harvey Milk and Ugandan dictator Idi Amin all won Oscars.
It is definitely time for a big screen biopic on this important black man whose contributions to modern American history were long kept in the shadows. Let's bring them to light.
President Obama will commemorate this month's 50th anniversary of the March on Washington by conferring a Presidential Medal of Freedom on the late humanitarian.
"To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true." ~Bayard Rustin