The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights


Monday, February 11, 2013 (All day)

Join Dean Ernest J. Wilson III for an exclusive advanced screening and intimate discussion of The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights, a PBS special, along with legendary civil rights leader, Pastor James M. Lawson, vice president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, John Mack, and Francille Rusan Wilson, Director of African Studies and Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and History at USC Dornsife.

The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights follows Whitney Young’s journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Whitney M. Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated — and controversial —leaders of the civil rights era. As head of the National Urban League, he helped thousands of people struggling against discrimination. 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. He was the man working behind the scenes, making the right deals and opening the doors of opportunity for all Americans. This complex tale explores the public and private trials of the man at the center of the storm.

6:30 p.m. Reception, Annenberg East Lobby

7:00 p.m. Screening and Program, Annenberg Auditorium

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