The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights 2013 NR CC

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Whitney Young was one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders of the civil rights era. As head of the National Urban League, he fought for the rights of thousands but was often criticized by the very people he was trying to help.

Starring:
Alfre Woodard
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56 minutes

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The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights

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Genres Documentary
Director Taylor Hamilton, Christine Khalafian
Starring Alfre Woodard
Supporting actors Manning Marable, Donald Rumsfeld, Alfre Woodard, Howard Zinn
Studio Bluegate, LLC
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jezreel Jones on August 28, 2013
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Until I watched this documentary, I mistakenly believed that I had a firm grasp of the who's who list among the leaders of Civil Rights Movement. Though I had heard of Whitney Young, I had no idea how pivotal his role was in the movement. I had always credited Dr. King, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young and a few others with the actual work of breaking down racial barriers in corporate board rooms and with the remediation of employment discrimination generally - though that is not yet complete. Also, because Dr. King was present when President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, I have until now credited President Johnson's support of the Act and his subsequent War on Poverty legislation to his relationship and quasi friendship with Dr. King

Apparently, that was not the case. In politics looks are deceiving because what is presented to the American public is often little more than stagecraft. President Johnson's relationship with Dr. King was, in reality, little more than one of patient - and sometimes impatient - tolerance. It was Whitney Young who influenced President Johnson's decisions when it came to enacting anti-poverty legislation and also his appointments of qualified black legal experts to judgeships.

Overall, this documentary was very well done. It was very informative and evoked strong feelings of admiration & respect for Whitney Young and also sadness at the brevity of his life.

Young's role in the Civil Rights Movement was misunderstood by many in the Black community. Much of the confusion was stoked by other prominent black leaders in the community including Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on October 7, 2013
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Whitney Young Jr level the civil right movement on the corporate front and is responsible for corporate commitment to diversity. Now forgotten, he is a true hero of the movement, a hero to social workers - and social workers could use an activist leader like Whitney as an example now.
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By M. Josh McNeil on May 14, 2014
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It was good, but it was too short. I wish it could have discussed more on his social work career.
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It tells an important untold story. The civil rights movement was about more than one leader. Whitney Young gave us the idea of equal employment opportunity and opened doors that had been closed to us. Few know the real story
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