The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights

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  • 2014 National Association of Social Workers Media Award
  • About the Film

    Whitney Young sitting in Oval Office with John F. Kennedy

    Whitney Young, Jr. was the civil rights movement’s inside man, navigating a society divided by war, race, and poverty. He took the fight into the boardrooms of the biggest companies and the Oval Office of three presidents.

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  • Into the Past

    Bonnie Boswell as a teenager with her uncle, Whitney Young, Jr.

    Bonnie Boswell on How Her Youth Helped Shape Her Film

    The Powerbroker has its roots deep in filmmaker Bonnie Bowell’s childhood. She talked with Independent Lens about growing up before civil rights, and how her grandparents had a profound influence on her, and on her uncle, Whitney Young, Jr.

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  • Perspectives on Whitney Young

    Actress Alfre Woodard

    Alfre Woodard on The Powerbroker

    Actress Alfre Woodard narrated the film, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights. In this short interview, she discusses the pivotal role played by the civil rights movement’s inside man as he navigated a society divided by war, race, and poverty.

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  • Talkback

    Whitney Young talks with a woman on southern poverty tour

    Whitney Young, Jr. took the fight against discrimination directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government. Who in your community is bridging the gap between people who don’t see eye to eye on key issues? How do they compare with Young in terms of leadership style?

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