The Powerbroker at Community Cinema Vashon Screening
Civil rights leader Whitney Young, Jr. has no national holiday bearing his name. You won’t find him in most history books. In fact, few today know his name, much less his accomplishments. But he was at the heart of the civil rights movement – an inside man who broke down the barriers that held back African Americans.
The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights follows Young as he shuttles between the streets of Harlem and the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, tying the needs of Main Street to the interests of Wall Street. The film shows the pivotal events of the civil rights era — Brown v Board of Education, the March on Washington, and the Vietnam War — through the eyes of a man striving to change the established powers in a way no one else could: from within.
This screening is presented by KCTS 9 and ITVS' Community Cinema. The film premieres on KCTS 9 on Monday, 2/18, at 10 pm.
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Watch Spotlight on Civil Rights Leader Whitney Young, Jr. on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.