About the Film

Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and national broadcasts on PBS and Logo, BROTHER OUTSIDER has introduced millions of viewers around the world to the life and work of Bayard Rustin — a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an out gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. BROTHER OUTSIDER chronicles Rustin's activism for racial and economic justice, peace, and equality for LGBTQ Americans while illuminating why he has been erased from history.

The recipient of more than 25 awards and honors, BROTHER OUTSIDER has been shown at The United Nations, The Kennedy Center, and The British Museum, as well as by the NAACP, The Urban League, Human Rights Campaign, GLSEN, Amnesty International, and hundreds of schools, libraries, museums, labor gatherings, faith communities, and non-profit organizations working to promote racial justice and LGBTQ equality.

Co-directed by Bennett Singer and Nancy Kates and executive produced by Sam Pollard, the film is also being used widely as a resource for diversity and inclusion programs at corporations, law firms, and other workplaces. Firms that have hosted Rustin Diversity Presentations include Google, JPMorgan Chase, McDermott, and O’Melveny. To inquire about scheduling a screening at your workplace, school or organization, please contact filmmaker Bennett Singer.

Download a free curriculum guide , produced in partnership with Frameline’s Youth In Motion program.

Brother Outsider is a presentation of the Independent Television Service in association with the National Black Programming Consortium, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional support was provided by Arcus Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the H. van Ameringen Foundation, and other funders.

Produced and Directed by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer
Executive Producer: Sam Pollard
Co-Producer: Mridu Chandra
Editors: Veronica Selver and Rhonda Collins
Director of Photography: Robert Shepard
Sound Recordists: Wellington Jon Bowler and  Sekou Shepard
Archival Producer: Prudence Arndt
Supervising Producer: Sharon Whitt
Supervising Editor: David Petersen