Black. Gay. Advocate. Quaker. Bayard Rustin.
Updated: Jun 26
Michelle and Barack Obama's Higher Ground production company is bringing an exciting new biopic to Netflix. Its subject is Bayard Rustin, an openly gay Black activist who served as an advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his indispensable and intersectional contributions to the fight for civil rights during his lifetime. Said then-President Obama, “Bayard Rustin was an unyielding activist for civil rights, dignity, and equality for all,” read a statement from Obama’s administration. “He promoted nonviolent resistance, participated in one of the first Freedom Rides, organized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and fought tirelessly for marginalized communities at home and abroad. As an openly gay African American, Mr. Rustin stood at the intersection of several of the fights for equal rights.”
We cannot wait to see this when it comes out! In the meantime, watch one of these incredible Black History Movies already streaming! For more information on Bayard Rustin, click here - Adelaide Solomon-Jordan