Whitney M. Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated - and controversial - leaders of the civil rights era. The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. Young had the difficult tasks of calming the fears of white allies, relieving the doubts of fellow civil rights leaders, and responding to attacks from the militant Black Power movement.
A post-screening discussion featured The Powerbroker executive producer/producer Bonnie Boswell Hamilton and explored her personal connection both to Whitney Young, her uncle, and to the civil rights movement itself. Joanne Griffith, radio journalist and author of Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America, moderated.