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

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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.

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Amiri Baraka, Julian Bond
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Genres Documentary
Director Taylor Hamilton, Christine Khalafian
Starring Amiri Baraka, Julian Bond
Supporting actors Bonnie Boswell, Ramsay Clark, Dennis Dickerson, John Hope Franklin, Henry Louis Gates, Charles Hamilton, Dorothy Height, Roy Innis, Vernon Jordan, Kenneth Chenault, James M. Lawson Jr., John Lewis, James Linen, Eleanor Love, John Mack, Manning Marable, Marc H. Morial, Donald Rumsfeld
Studio Bluegate, LLC
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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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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I was very pleased with this film. I knew about Whitney Young but I was very young when he was doing so much during the 60"s He definitely deserved a film about his life, he was as influential in many respects as Dr. King.
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