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Uncovering The Story Of Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin

He stood alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. in the fight for civil rights, yet the name Bayard Rustin remains largely unknown. We hear the story of this important figure in history. 


  • Michael Benjamin Washington is the playwright of Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin as well as the actor who portrays Rustin.
  • D. Rashaan Gilmore currently manages “Project I Am,” a groundbreaking HIV/AIDS awareness and stigma reduction program for the Kansas City Care Clinic.

'Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin' is playing now on the Copaken Stage and runs through November 15.  For tickets and information, visit www.kcrep.org.

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