POFEV: People of Faith for Equality in Virginia is sponsoring a showing of the powerful documentary, Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, on Wednesday, August 28, at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond. This is the exact day of the 50th anniversary of the historic march.
POFEV is offering the film showing as its contribution to the weeklong observance in Richmond commemorating the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, sponsored by the Richmond NAACP and others, as well as joining the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Action Network in celebrating August 28 as “The Day of Rustin.”
Rustin is most famous for his role in bringing the dream of a march on Washington to reality, leading the efforts that led to the largest (to that time) gathering of citizens in Washington in the nation’s history. But he had a long history before that as an activist for peace and justice. His life was guided by the principles of nonviolence, and he taught Dr. Martin Luther King much about that way of life. He continually sought to bring together what he called “angelic troublemakers” to wake up the U.S. and the world to overcome injustice.
Rustin never denied his homosexuality—a fact that caused him often to be kept in the background by other leaders—and in later years spoke out for gay liberation.
The evening begins with light refreshments at 6:00 pm, followed by the film showing at 6:30 pm. There will be time for discussion following the film. The evening ends by 8:30 pm.
There is no charge, although donations are appreciated.
The church is located at 14 West Duval Street, in the Jackson Ward district of Richmond.
For more information, please contact POFEV Central VA Organizer Alexandria Hawkins at Alexandria.email@example.com or 804/901-1001 or POFEV President, Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline at RevDrRobin@comcast.net or 804/519-3196.
Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline is President of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia, an interfaith organization of gay and straight clergy and lay people working for equality for LGBT Virginians. Read more of his thoughts on faith and spirituality on his personal blog.