Bayard Rustin (Colman Domingo) was a man of the times especially in the 1960’s during the Presidency of J.F.K. A black man but also a homosexual man he lived his life as he saw fit. He decided one day to create a march on Washington, DC and had approached not only Martin Luther King Jr. (Aml Ameen) for his help but also the leadership of Roy Wilkins (Chris Rock) the President of the NAACP. His attempts had failed in the beginning, that was until he arranged meetings with other leaders and hired a staff and leased a building to use as a workplace to arrange the event.
Nothing came easy but Rustin had the support of many hard workers black and white, all wanting to make a difference in the world, creating equal rights for everyone. One of his co-workers, Tom (Gus Halper), was also his companion and as far as anyone knew was renting a room from Rustin. Turmoil ensued with their arrangement when Rustin found love in a married man but sometimes one doesn’t get what the heart wants yet sometimes, they do.
If you know history you know that the March on Washington was more than a success yet in the end Rustin watched while his blood, sweat and tears with no exaggeration became the reward for a few others. You will know what I mean when you see this worthy story of a man who’s longtime romantic partner, since Rustin passed, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.
I love films like this that deal with stories of justice and freedom for all. It has a huge cast of actors that are all magnificent to say the least. It is Domingo that just may be nominated for that gold statue come awards day. I started off unsure of him playing the lead role, considering his actions and accent, a bit stereotypical although I never met the man but a few minutes into his scene he started to win me over. The backdrop of the film, traffic, clothing, thinking, actions all reflected this time in history with a remarkable score to add to the drama. I am personally not a huge fan of Rock but he does a good job with his role although I wish his hair looked a bit more realistic. Ameen also grew on me in the short time he appeared on screen. Actors Turman, Halper, Ramey, Potts, Pounder, McDonald, Wright, Kay, Powell, Coleman plus many others all played a superb role in making history and the education of it to life once again. I do believe that some people may not want to see this film in a theater based on their own racist beliefs but I then recommend watching it at home as not to expose your real inner thoughts. In order for humans to succeed there should not be white racism towards blacks nor black racism towards whites and this premise goes for all races. Under the layer of our own skin no matter what the color we are all one people. No animals to speak of in this film.