The Powerbroker tells the story of Whitney Young, who biographer Nancy Weiss Malkiel called “the inside man of the black revolution.” By challenging America’s business and political communities directly, Young was able to make in-roads where other civil rights leader could not. His efforts to open the doors of equal opportunity were often attacked by the very people he was trying to help. The Powerbroker chronicles the public and private trials of a man navigating a divided society in an explosive time.
Years in the making, The Powerbroker, reveals a story that has been overlooked by history. Whitney Young’s niece, Emmy-award winning journalist Bonnie Boswell Hamilton, and her team have gathered never-before-seen archival footage, home movies, family photos, audio tapes of Young, as well as interviews with activists and scholars such as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Vernon Jordan, Dorothy Height, Ossie Davis and John Hope Franklin.
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Presented by: ITVS, WHUT, Washington DCJCC, Busboys and Poets, Center for Social Media at American University, Institute for Policy Studies.
Community Cinema is a free monthly screening series, featuring sneak peeks of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. In over 65 cities nationwide, screenings are followed by lively panel discussions that bring together citizens, organizations and public television stations to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues.
Community Cinema [DC] hosts screenings each month (from October to June) at Busboys and Poets and the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. ITVS also hosts special premieres and events in Washington, DC throughout the year. Click here for more information.