In advance of the program’s February 18 airing as part of the “Independent Lens” series on WTTW, The Chicago Urban League, in partnership with the DuSable Museum of African American History and WTTW, hosts this community screening of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights.”
As head of the National Urban League, 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 for racial equality and social justice directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents.
The film follows Whitney Young's journey from segregated Kentucky to the national campaign for equal rights. During the turbulent 60s, he was a diplomat between those in power and those striving for change. 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. This complex tale explores the public and private trials of the man at the center of the storm.
Immediately following the screening, Andrea L. Zopp, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, will facilitate a discussion with Bonnie Boswell, Young’s niece and the film’s executive producer.
This is a free event.