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Webinar: Bayard Rustin Legacy Forum

Zoom event: register here

It is our pleasure to partner with the BlackQuaker Project to present the 2024 Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival & Forum, which will take place on Zoom at 1pm EST on Saturday, February 24. This year’s event will focus on civil rights icon Bayard Rustin, whose life and legacy were explored in the 2023 Netflix biopic Rustin.

Flyer for Bayard Rustin Legacy forum, with event details and photos of panel

This free webinar will be hosted by BQP director Harold D. Weaver Jr. and moderated by PCS Chair and eminent Palestinian-American Quaker scholar-activist Sa’ed Atshan. With the recent release of Rustin, Quakerism and the phenomenon of African American Quakers have now gained mass-media attention, including in The New Yorker, giving Friends a rare opportunity to educate each other–and, in turn, others–about one of our most influential leaders. Sponsored again by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), this event will explore the remarkable life and contributions of Bayard Rustin through a series of presentations from a distinguished panel of scholars and activists, a roundtable discussion led by Sa’ed Atshan, and an audience Q & A. Presenters will include terrance wiley (Africana Studies, Haverford College), Lauren Brownlee (governance leader at the Friends Committee on National Legislation), Sa’ed Atshan, and Harold D. Weaver Jr.

We strongly encourage registrants to watch Rustin on Netflix prior to attending as our forum will not include a screening.