Season 12, Episode 1: Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the March

February 29, 2024

About This Episode

On August 28, 1963, 250,000 people of different races, religions, and economic backgrounds convened on the nation’s capital for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The man behind organizing the event – Bayard Rustin – is profiled in a new Oscar-nominated film Rustin now streaming on Netflix. The film is produced by Higher Ground Media founded by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

In this episode, we speak with producers of the film, Tonia Davis and Bruce Cohen, and historian and Stanford University Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor Emeritus Dr. Clayborne Carson. Dr. Carson includes his personal story of attending the March on Washington.

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