On February 6, 2013, Nine Community Cinema in St. Louis Missouri held a public screening of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” at the Missouri History Museum. Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of the most celebrated — and controversial — leaders of the civil rights era. 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.
Nine Digital Producer, Philip Nations recorded these audience reactions following the film.
Panelists Ken Dean, a political powerbroker in his own right; Allen Gilbert, Executive Director of ACLU-Vermont; and Sen. Bill Doyle, Vermont State Senator for Washington County, join in a discussion of Bonnie Boswell’s documentary, “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights.”
This is a lively discussion with an audience about the film, and the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. Where was the U.S. then and where are we now?
Whitney Young was lesser known than his more famous counterpart, Martin Luther King, Jr. He was no less important, however. Young had the ability to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds, and help them understand why civil rights are necessary for our culture to survive.
Vermont Public Television and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier have teamed up to present Community Cinema, a series of discussions featuring films that are part of VPT’s series, Independent Lens.
Funding for the panel discussion video was made possible by ORCA Media. Recorded February 13, 2013
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San Francisco, CA – In conjunction with Museum of the African Diaspora’s (MoAD) annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, Community Cinema co-presented a screening of February’s Community Cinema film, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights. The film was screened in San Francisco for a diverse audience of 100+ people, and was followed by a conversation with Bonnie Boswell, 2 Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, Taylor Hamilton, and was moderated by Bay Area veteran journalist, Keven Guillory.