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Bayard Rustin (1912–1987)

Bayard Rustin was an early and incalculably important force behind the U.S. Civil Rights movement of the Twentieth Century. Although his contributions to the movement remain largely unrecognized by the general public to this day, he was of invaluable assistance to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many of the other well-known heroes of the era. ... See full bio »

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  P.O.V. (TV Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2003) (performer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2003) ... (lyrics: "You Don't Have to Ride Jim Crow") / (performer: "Sit Down, Sit Down", "Careless Love", "You Don't Have to Ride Jim Crow", "Go Tell It On The Mountain", "I Saw Her", "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child", "Lonesome Valley", "Scandalize My Name")
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 2003 P.O.V. (TV Series documentary) (archival materials provided courtesy of - 1 episode)
- Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2003) ... (archival materials provided courtesy of - as Estate of Bayard Rustin)
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 2008 Paul Robeson: Songs of Freedom (Documentary)
 1987 Eyes on the Prize (TV Series documentary)
 1983 Vietnam: A Television History (TV Series documentary)
- Homefront USA (1983) ... Himself
 1964 The March (Documentary short)
 1964 Opening Day at the 1964-1965 World's Fair (TV Movie)
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 2014 The Sixties (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Himself - Civil Rights Activist
- A Long March to Freedom (2014) ... Himself - Civil Rights Activist
 2013 Democracy Now! (TV Series)
- Episode dated 28 August 2013 (2013) ... Himself
- Episode dated 21 August 2013 (2013) ... Himself
- Episode dated 12 August 2013 (2013) ... Himself
 2013 The March (TV Movie documentary)
 2013 Moyers & Company (TV Series)
- John Lewis Marches On (2013) ... Himself
 2007 Great Performances (TV Series)
 2003 P.O.V. (TV Series documentary)
 1999 Our Friend, Martin (Video)
Himself - on steps of Lincoln Memorial (uncredited)
 1998 Out of the Past (Documentary)
 1997 The Speeches of Malcolm X (Video documentary)
Himself - Listens to Abernathy
 1997 George Wallace (TV Movie)
Himself - Behind King (uncredited)
 1989 11-22-63: The Day the Nation Cried (TV Movie documentary)
Himself (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1972 Malcolm X (Documentary)

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1 Biographical Movie | 4 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 1 Article | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Twenty-five, thirty years ago, the barometer of human rights in the United States were black people. That is no longer true. The barometer for judging the character of people in regard to human rights is now those who consider themselves gay, homosexual, lesbian. See more »


Fellow civil rights leader Julian Bond has often quoted Rustin as joking that "Martin Luther King couldn't organize vampires to go to a bloodbath," meaning that despite King's gifts as a leader and an orator, King needed Rustin's and others' help with the organizational aspects of the movement. See more »

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