Bayard Rustin
Bayard Rustin

2 - In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, a PBS POV documentary on Bayard Rustin, titled Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin.

Combining non-violent resistance with organizational skills, Rustin was a key adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. Open about his homosexuality, which he was persecuted for, he continued to fight for equality.

Rustin was a key figure in the organization of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at which King delivered his legendary "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963.

During his 60-year career as an activist, Rustin formulated many of the strategies, including nonviolent resistance, that propelled the American civil rights movement. But his open homosexuality forced him to remain in the background, marking him again and again as a “brother outsider,” hence the title of the film.

On August 8, 2013, President Barack Obama named Bayard Rustin a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

To commemorate Rustin's life work, PBS streamed Brother Outsider on its website for free, but for only 2 days over the summer. If you missed that event, the 2-hour documentary, directed by Nancy D. Kates and Bennett Singer, is now streaming on Netflix.

Preview below: