WEDU’s Community Cinema Screens A New Film About Unsung Hero of The Civil Rights Movement

January 17, 2013 (Tampa, FL) — Community Cinema, a national documentary screening series presented locally by WEDU, west central Florida’s primary PBS station and Independent Television Service (ITVS) presents a screening of The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights at Pasco Hernando Community College Brooksville Campus on Thursday, February 7th at 6:00pm. Narrated by Alfre Woodard, The Powerbroker is executive produced by Young’s niece, Emmy® Award-winning journalist Bonnie Boswell and produced by Ms. Boswell, her son Taylor Hamilton, and Christine Khalafian.

During the 1960s, as the executive director of the National Urban League, Young was one of the few African Americans who had the ears of those who controlled the levers of power: Fortune 500 CEOs, governors, senators, and presidents. He used these relationships to gain better access to employment, education, housing, and healthcare for African Americans, other minorities, and those in need. His unique position and approach earned him praise, but also scorn from the Black Power movement for being too close to the white establishment. While he is less known today than other leaders of the era because of the behind-the-scenes nature of his work, Young’s legacy and influence are still felt profoundly.

Ten years in the making, The Powerbroker is both a personal portrait of Young, drawing on the reflections of family members and never-before-seen home movies, personal photographs, and audio recordings, and a historical chronicle of how he applied the social service mission of the Urban League to realize the rhetoric of the Civil Rights movement. The film features rare archival footage and exclusive interviews with a diverse array of people who worked with Young and who have been shaped by his work, including the late Dorothy Height, Pulitzer Prize winner Manning Marable, John Hope Franklin, Ossie Davis, and Howard Zinn, as well as Julian Bond, Vernon Jordan, John Lewis, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Young’s biographer Dennis C. Dickerson, Donald Rumsfeld, Ramsey Clark, and others.

WHAT: FREE screening of The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights and film discussion.
WHO: Presented by WEDU, Pasco Hernando Community College, Aston Gardens, and ITVS Community Cinema
WHEN: Thursday, February 7th at 6pm
WHERE: Pasco Hernando Community College (Room B104), Brooksville – 11415 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34601
RSVP: This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are requested.


Watch the episode on the WEDU Video Portal.