Who was Bayard Rustin? Netflix movie tells true story of MLK Jr. aide

Spoiler alert! The following story contains plot details about Netflix drama “Rustin” (now streaming).

Bayard Rustin was an unsung hero of the civil rights movement.

But he’s finally getting the spotlight in Netflix biopic “Rustin” (now streaming), which chronicles his efforts to help organize the 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. (Aml Ameen) delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Colman Domingo (“Zola”) stars as Rustin, a Black gay activist who preached nonviolent protest and was a top aide to King.

“He was incredibly committed to equality and helping those in need,” says director George C. Wolfe (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”). “That seemed to be ingrained in his entire being.”

"Rustin" star Colman Domingo, left, and the real-life Bayard Rustin.

“Rustin,” which counts Barack and Michelle Obama among its producers, charts the exhaustive work that went into assembling the march, which was attended by more than 250,000 people.

“It was one of the things that was very important to President Obama,” Wolfe says. He wanted to highlight “the thoroughness and level of organization that is required when you’re putting on something that monumental. That was very important to him, because it’s all in the details.”

First appeared on www.usatoday.com

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