Netflix Releasing Biopic of West Chester-Born Civil Rights Leader

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Bayard Rustin
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Bayard Rustin advocated for racial justice, gay rights, and socialism.

West Chester born Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin is the architect behind the 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his momentous “I Have a Dream Speech,” writes Danielle Baranda for The Mary Sue.

While leaders had qualms about Rustin’s sexuality, he was eventually granted the crucial task of facilitating a quarter of a million people in D.C.

This year, a biopic following Rustin’s challenges leading the 1963 March on Washington will come to Netflix. It’s directed by American playwright George C. Wolfe will be directing the film, he previously worked on Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, HBO’s Euphoria, 2021’s Candyman, and If Beale Street Could Talk

Colman Domingo plays the lead role of Bayard Rustin, other actors include Aml Ameen as Martin Luther King Jr. and Carra Patterson as Coretta Scott King. The filming took place in Pittsburgh, Ohio, and Washington D.C.  

The film is produced in collaboration with Higher Ground Productions, which are owned by the Obamas

 Read more about the film of the West Chester-born Civil Rights leader at The Mary Sue.  


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