On March 17, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds declared a statewide public health disaster emergency in response to the state's coronavirus outbreak. The proclamation includes the restriction of in-person gatherings of 10 or more people along with the temporary closing of several businesses in the arts, culture and entertainment sector.

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"Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream" - A Storytelling Concert

  • Details

  • 2/21/20
  • 8 - 9:15 p.m.
  • Free
  • All Ages
  • Categories

  • Music
  • Educational

Event Description

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s shadow looms large--so large that the names of some of his close colleagues in the civil rights movement remain unheralded. Bayard Rustin is not a household name today, but he was the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, among his long and broad lifetime of activism for the rights of people in all walks of life. In addition to his work as an activist, Rustin was a musician, an art collector and an athlete -- all elements which describe a man who was shunned for another characteristic: his sexuality.

In an evening celebrating this monumental figure, The Quire invites the community to come hear the story of Bayard Rustin as told in this recently commissioned work.

Admission is free; we ask you to consider a donation at the door.

If you are deeply moved by this program or are unable to attend on this date, you may be able to join us at our second performance of this work Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream - A Dinner Fundraiser in Cedar Rapids at Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist.

If you wish to support this program or work like this, but are unable to attend, we invite you to visit www.thequire.org/support for ways to support this meaningful work as The Quire celebrates 25 years of music.