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Free Screening: The Powerbroker (NEW DATE!)

NEW DATE! Thursday, March 28, 2013 (7pm)

Presented with the Urban League of Nebraska (ULN), with support from Cox Communications and NP Dodge. A discussion, featuring producer Bonnie Boswell, will follow the film.

Tickets for this event are FREE and can be reserved in advance by emailing Molly Welsh, calling 402-933-0259 ext. 10, or in person at the box office prior to March 28. Limit of 2 tickets per person.

THE POWERBROKER tells the story of Whitney Young, described by biographer Nancy Weiss Malkiel as “the inside man of the black revolution,” and chronicles the public and private trials of a man navigating a divided society in an explosive time. A foundational figure for the Urban League of Nebraska (for which he served as president in the 1950s), Young went on to lead the National Urban League, helping thousands of people struggling against discrimination. The film follows Young's journey from segregated Kentucky to the national campaign for equal rights. During the turbulent 1960s, 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.

Years in the making, THE POWERBROKER, reveals a story overlooked by history. Whitney Young’s niece, Emmy-award winning journalist Bonnie Boswell, and her team have gathered never-before-seen archival footage, home movies, family photos, audio tapes of Young, as well as interviews with activists and scholars such as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Vernon Jordan, Dorothy Height, Ossie Davis and John Hope Franklin.

Film Information

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Directed By
Christine Khalafian & Taylor Hamilton

Running Time
56 minutes

Country of Origin