John D'Emilio on Bayard Rustin

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Mon, 02/19/2024 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Cover of Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin.

 

Laurie Mercier speaks with John D'Emilio, Professor Emeritus of History and of Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of the award-winning book, Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin. They review George Wolfe’s film Rustin, starring Colman Domingo as the charismatic Rustin, now streaming on Netflix; what the film gets right; and the significance of Rustin’s work before and after the 1963 March on Washington.  According to D’Emilio, what would happen if we inserted Rustin fully into the popular narrative of the civil rights movement?

 

Image: Fair use, cover of Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin

 

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