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Starring: Colman Domingo, Chris Rock, Glynn Turman, Aml Ameen, Gus Halper, CCH Pounder, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Johnny Ramey, Michael Potts, Jeffrey Wright, Audra McDonald, Bill Irwin
Netflix bio-drama directed by George C. Wolfe. Rustin (2023) centers on Bayard Rustin (Colman Domingo), the architect of 1963’s momentous March on Washington. He challenged authority, never apologized for who he was, what he believed, or who he desired. And he did not back down. He made history, and in turn, he was forgotten. Alongside giants like the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. (Aml Ameen), Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (Jeffrey Wright), and Ella Baker (Audra McDonald), he dared to imagine a different world, and inspired a movement in a march toward freedom.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Bayard Rustin: So, an epic demonstration in our nation’s capital, organized in eight weeks.
Bayard Rustin: Do this, Dr. King. Own your power.
A. Philip Randolph: There’s one person who can organize an event of this scale.
Roy Wilkins: To hell with Bayard Rustin. His attention-grabbing antics make him an easy target. And let’s not mention the unmentionable.
Bayard Rustin: Our new offices!
Bayard Rustin: A demonstration made up of angelic troublemakers such as yourselves.
Cleveland Robinson: Make sure you are there!
Bayard Rustin: On August 28, Black, white, young, old, rich, working-class, poor will descend on Washington, DC.
Ella Baker: This new generation is restless and angry.
Bayard Rustin: The pacifist is opposed to using violence, but must be prepared to receive it.
Young Man: You’re irrelevant.
Bayard Rustin: It’s Friday night. I’ve been called worse.
Rep. Adam Clayton Powell: [to Rustin] Your mere presence would derail the fight for racial justice in this country a good ten, fifteen years.
Martin Luther King Jr.: We’re calling for a peaceful March on Washington.
Bayard Rustin: On the day that I was born Black, I was also born a homosexual.
Martin Luther King Jr.: We are committed to the cause of altering the trajectory of this country towards freedom.
Bayard Rustin: They either believe in freedom and justice for all, or they do not.