“Rustin” Film Screening and Discussion - New Bedford Whaling Museum
Rustin poster

Admission is free, but registration is kindly requested

"Rustin" Film Screening and Discussion

Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 4:30 PM in the Cook Memorial Theater

Presented in collaboration with the South Coast LGBTQ+ Network, the New Bedford Whaling Museum will host a special screening of the recently released Netflix film Rustin, followed by a discussion with community leaders Andrew Pollock, President​ of the South Coast LGBTQ+ Network, Rev. Donnie Anderson, and Gail M. Fortes.


Rustin is an American biographical drama film directed by George C. Wolfe, from a screenplay by Julian Breece and Dustin Lance Black, and a story by Breece about the life of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. Produced by Barack and Michelle Obama's production company Higher Ground, the film stars Colman Domingo in the title role, alongside Chris Rock, Glynn Turman, Aml Ameen, Gus Halper, CCH Pounder, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Johnny Ramey, Michael Potts, Jeffrey Wright, and Audra McDonald. It is based on the true story of Rustin, who helped Martin Luther King Jr. and others organize the 1963 March on Washington.

The film tells the story of the charismatic, homosexual civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. Despite incredible odds, he managed to organize the March on Washington in 1963. This event is considered one of the high points of the civil rights movement in the United States. Over 200,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. and called for an end to racial discrimination in the USA. Martin Luther King gave his famous I Have a Dream speech at the event.

Admission is free, but registration is kindly requested.