OWN YOUR POWER.
In 1963, veteran activist Bayard Rustin (Colman Domingo) tries to organize a march on Washington, in spite of friction with the NAACP and the fact that his homosexuality might be fodder for his enemies. It took a long time for Rustin to be as recognized as some of the other civil-rights heroes, but now that his sexual preferences no longer are seen as shameful, the time is right for a biopic. Very traditional, without truly stirring moments, the film is still worth a look because of Domingo’s committed performance and an interesting depiction of the conflicts within the movement leading up to the march.
2023-U.S. 106 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by George C. Wolfe. Screenplay: Julian Breece, Dustin Lance Black. Music: Branford Marsalis. Song: ”Road to Freedom” (Lenny Kravitz). Cast: Colman Domingo (Bayard Rustin), Aml Ameen (Martin Luther King, Jr.), Glynn Turman (A. Philip Randolph), Chris Rock, Gus Halper, Johnny Ramey… Jeffrey Wright.
Trivia: Co-executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama. At one point, Lee Daniels was reportedly considered for directing duties.