The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, in partnership with the WTCI PBS and GreenSpaces, hosts this community screening of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights.”
Join us as we screen the Powerbroker. Reception 5:30 - 6:00. Film starts at 6:00. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited. An RSVP is required.
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 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.