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Date/Time: Saturday, February 24th | 5:00 pm

Location: 300 Wall Street, Kingston | Apuzzo Hall

The Community Center will host a special screening of the recently released Academy Award nominated Netflix film Rustin, followed by a discussion featuring board president Willie Morris and other community members.

Rustin is an American biographical drama based on the true story of Bayard Rustin, a gay man who was a close advisor to Martin Luther King Jr. Rustin played a leadership role in the 1963 March on Washington. It was Rustin, influenced by the moral leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, who introduced the concept of nonviolence to the civil rights movement – a strategy that became the foundation of the movement when it was famously adopted by King. Without Rustin’s dedication and contributions, the Civil Rights Movement may not have realized the success it did.

Despite all of this, Rustin was sidelined from the movement due to his sexual orientation. As a gay man, Rustin was largely kept out of the public eye. In the ensuing years, Rustin’s contribution to the Civil Rights Movement was often minimized or ignored altogether.

The film is produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground. Colman Domingo was recently nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Rustin.  Other stars include Chris Rock, Glynn Turman, Aml Ameen, Gus Halper, CCH Pounder, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Johnny Ramey, Michael Potts, Jeffrey Wright and Audra McDonald.

Admission is free, but registration is kindly requested. Please register here.

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Facilitators: Richard Heyl de Ortiz and Willie Morris

Professional headshot of Richard Heyl de Ortiz Read Richard’s bio here.

Photo of Willie wearing glasses Read Willie’s bio here.

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Feb 24 2024


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


LGBTQ+ Community Center
300 Wall Street, Kingston, NY