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The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights

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The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights tells the story of Whitney Young, who biographer Nancy Weiss Malkiel called "the inside man of the black revolution." The Powerbroker follows Young as he shuttles between the streets of Harlem and the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, tying the needs of Main Street to the interests of Wall Street. In the Oval Office, Young advised Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon and guided each along a path toward historic change. By challenging America's business and political communities directly, Young was able to make in-roads where other civil rights leaders could not. The film chronicles the public and private trials of a man navigating a divided society in an explosive time. Years in the making, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights reveals a story that has been overlooked by history.

Whitney Young's niece, Emmy®Award-winning journalist Bonnie Boswell and her team have gathered never-before-seen archival footage, home movies, family photos, and audio tapes of Young, as well as interviews with legendary activists and scholars such as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Vernon Jordan, Dorothy Height, Ossie Davis, Howard Zinn, and John Hope Franklin.


  • Color : Yes
  • Stereo : Yes
  • Country of Origin : United States
  • Production Year : 2013
  • Length : 60 minutes on 1 Disc
  • Rating : TV-PG+VL
  • Subtitles : Yes
  • Number of Programs : 1
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