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Gay Civil Rights Leader Bayard Rustin Commemorated at 40th Anniversary of Civil Rights March on Washington Events This Weekend

Date: 
August 21, 2003

Hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people will be participating in the 40th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech and civil rights rally this weekend (August 21-23).

"The hard won progress the nation has achieved in the 40 years since Dr. King's historic speech is in mortal danger. That progress is being undermined everyday as our civil rights are being eroded and our gains in racial, social and economic justice are being dismantled," said Matt Foreman, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, who has been invited to speak at the rally on behalf of the LGBT community. "We are extremely honored to have been invited to be a co-convener of this historic event where we will begin, in unity with the larger civil rights community, the long process of renewing, repairing and restoring the vision of full equality for all."

"As a Black woman and a lesbian, I think it's important to not only emphasize equal civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as a whole, but specifically for LGBT people of color as well," said Mandy Carter, Executive Director of Southerners on New Ground (SONG). "It's unfortunate that Bayard Rustin couldn't bring all of his identities to the table in his fight for civil rights. We are not only proud to be a part of this 40th Anniversary March, but we are extremely proud to be honoring Bayard Rustin for his work from decades ago."

Celebrate Bayard Rustin's Vision of Justice and Equality on the Occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington D.C.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2003

BROTHER OUTSIDER - THE LIFE OF BAYARD RUSTIN

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Directions/parking: www.kennedy-center.org
800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600

6 pm - PRE-SCREENING RECEPTION
The Atrium, Terrace Level
Filmmakers will be on hand.

7 pm - BROTHER OUTSIDER- THE LIFE OF BAYARD RUSTIN FILM SCREENING
South Gallery, Terrace Level
Including a live performance by the
Unity Fellowship Choir of Washington.
FREE  First Come, First Served Seating

8:30 pm - POST-FILM DISCUSSION WITH THE FILMMAKERS NANCY D. KATES is an award-winning San Francisco-based filmmaker and writer. BENNETT SINGER served as an associate producer for Eyes on the Prize II and as an editor of the series companion volumes Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement and Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years. WALTER NAEGLE: Bayard Rustin's partner from 1977 until Rustins death in 1987; executor and archivist of the Bayard Rustin Estate. ERIK TODD DELLUMS, the "voice of Bayard Rustin" in Brother Outsider, also portrayed Rustin in the acclaimed HBO film Boycott. ERNEST GREEN (invited - pending confirmation) was a member of the "Little Rock Nine," the first group of African-American students to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957 and was a Bayard Rustin co-worker during the 1960s.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2003

LGBT CONTINGENT GATHERING AND MARCH WITH 100-FOOT RAINBOW PRIDE FLAG TO BAYARD RUSTIN RALLY

12:30 pm - Gather and March
National Mall. Northeast Corner of Reflecting Pool, Constitution and 17th Street, NW

LGBT participants will gather and march with a 100-foot rainbow pride flag to Bayard Rustin Rally.

1:00 pm - Rally
Task Force/SONG LGBT Tent on the National Mall

Speakers include Mandy Carter and Matt Foreman as well as Rev. John Bush of the National Association of Black and White Men Together, Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Lynn Cothren, Special Assistant to Coretta Scott King, among others.

For a schedule of LGBT and Allies 40th Anniversary March on Washington events visit the Task Force March Web page.

For schedule of the 40th Anniversary March events visit: http://www.marchonwashington.org

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