The man and the March
Two hundred fifty thousand bodies filled the National Mall on August 28, 1963. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is now regarded as a landmark event, but the massive organizational effort required to pull it off needed a talented leader at the helm. Enter Bayard Rustin — a multilayered figure whose background in direct action and “creative nonviolence” uniquely prepared him for the part, writes Paige McGinley, a scholar of performance studies and the civil rights movement. It’s a story well told in Netflix’s “Rustin,” which may garner Oscar gold for Colman Domingo’s portrayal in the title role.