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Diversity Presentations

A growing number of workplaces are using Bayard Rustin’s intersectional story as a catalyst to spark reflection on diversity, equity, and inclusion and to foster bridge-building between LGBTQ+ and African American or multicultural Employee Resource Groups. Worldwide, more than 100 corporations, law firms, financial services companies, and government agencies have hosted Rustin Diversity Presentations. Workplace hosts include JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Moody's, Northern Trust, Nationwide Insurance, Jones Lang LaSalle, Ingersoll Rand, Xcel Energy, Google, NBCUniversal, CBS, McGraw-Hill, Cleary Gottlieb, Freshfields, Hogan Lovells, Sullivan & Cromwell, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Feedback on these presentations has been outstanding:

The Rustin presentation that we hosted in celebration of Black History Month was a home run. As one of my colleagues put it, ‘The film made my eyes well up. Rustin was a combination of Gandhi, Zelig, and rock star/policy wonk. A great man and a great presentation!’”

—Barry Parsons, Associate General Counsel at Freddie Mac


“During Pride Month and Black History Month, our law firm hosted screenings of BROTHER OUTSIDER, and the feedback has been consistently excellent. Many question how it is possible that they had not learned of Rustin’s life and work sooner. Rustin was a renaissance man, an activist, an artist, and an international human rights hero. We all need to spread the word so that more can be inspired!”

—Floyd Mills, former Director of Diversity, North America Region, at Baker & McKenzie,
which hosted Rustin Presentations at its offices in NYC, DC, SF, Chicago, and London

“This is one of the most powerful programs we have offered, and I highly recommend it to other companies. Having Bennett Singer and Walter Naegle present to provide both the academic and emotional context for Rustin’s life was very special and gave the program even greater relevance.”

—Mary Ellen Connerty, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at O’Melveny & Myers LLP,
which hosted Rustin Presentations at its offices in NYC, London, and Hong Kong

“I had the pleasure of hosting a showing of BROTHER OUTSIDER in conjunction with my Firm’s annual LGBT Workplace Awareness Program for Pride Month. The film and subsequent panel discussion with Bennett Singer and Walter Naegle were said to be one of the best Pride programs conducted to date.”

—Lisa Linsky, Partner, Litigation Group at McDermott Will & Emery


To inquire about scheduling a screening at your workplace, school or organization, please contact filmmaker Bennett Singer.

“The film made my eyes well up.”

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
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