Saturday, February 11, 2023

Dean College to Host an Evening Salon to Celebrate the Legacy of Bayard Rustin

In celebration of Black History Month, Dean College is pleased to announce a special program to celebrate and reflect on the life and work of Bayard Rustin — a visionary activist and strategist described by TIME Magazine as “perhaps the most critical figure in the struggle for African American dignity that many people have never heard of.”

On Wednesday, February 15, 2023, Dean College President Kenneth Elmore will lead the discussion on Rustin’s life and legacy with two special guests: Walter Naegle, who was Rustin’s life partner; and Bennett Singer, a filmmaker who co-directed “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” an award- winning film about Rustin. Clips from the documentary will be interspersed throughout the conversation.

The event will take place at Marvin Chapel, inside Dean Hall on the Dean College campus, 99 Main Street, Franklin, Mass., from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Both Naegle and Singer will join the conversation with the community via Zoom, while Elmore will moderate the in-person discussion.

The event is FREE and open to students, faculty, staff and the general public. To learn more about Dean College, visit

Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity for academic and personal success. A uniquely supportive community for more than 150 years, Dean has woven together extensive student support and engagement with exceptional teaching and innovative campus activities. Our graduates are lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference.
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