ITVS Community Cinema Screening of “The Powerbroker”
14th & V | Langston Room | January 13,2013 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Community Cineman presents a free screening of "The Powerbroker:  Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rightsby Bonnie Boswell

Whitney Young, Jr., the civil rights champion who negotiated with top leaders of industry and government to create greater opportunities for minorities, is the subject of a new documentary, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights.  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.

Q&A with guests:  Jefferi K. Lee, General Manager WHUT-TV.  Additional guest speakers are TBA

Free, reservations recommended.  . Visit or call 202-939-0794.

About Community Cinema

A free monthly screening series, Community Cinema features 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.  You can watch documentaries from the Independent Lens series on WHUT-TV, our community partner station, and WETA.

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