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  • While many activists were taking it to the streets, Whitney Young, Jr. was taking it to the boardroom.

    While many activists were taking it to the streets, Whitney Young, Jr. was taking it to the boardroom.

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  • Whitney Young at a news conference

    Whitney Young at a news conference

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  • John F. Kennedy , Whitney Young, and Henry Steeger in the Oval Office

    John F. Kennedy , Whitney Young, and Henry Steeger in the Oval Office

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  • Whitney Young shaking hands on a southern tour

    Whitney Young shaking hands on a southern tour

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  • Whitney Young on a plane with a businessman

    Whitney Young on a plane with a businessman

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  • Whitney Young with James Linen, publisher of Time

    Whitney Young with James Linen, publisher of Time

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The Film

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.

The Filmmakers

  1. Bonnie BoswellProducer
  2. Christine KhalafianProducer/Director
  3. Taylor HamiltonProducer/Director