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The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight For Civil Rights

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Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of the most celebrated -- and controversial -- leaders of the civil rights era. This documentary follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. 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.

Community Cinema Panel Discussion

Panelists Ken Dean, a political powerbroker in his own right; Allen Gilbert, Executive Director of ACLU-Vermont; and Sen. Bill Doyle, Vermont State Senator for Washington County, join in a discussion of Bonnie Boswell's documentary, "The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights."




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