WEDU's Community Cinema Screens a New Film About
Unsung Hero of the Civil Rights Movement
THE POWERBROKER: WHITNEY YOUNG’S FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
Community Cinema, a national documentary screening series presented locally by WEDU (wedu.org/cinema) and Independent Television Service (ITVS) presents a screening of The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights at Pasco-Hernando Community College, Brooksville Campus on Thursday, February 7th at 6:00pm.
Narrated by Alfre Woodard, The Powerbroker is executive produced by Young’s niece, Emmy® Award-winning journalist Bonnie Boswell and produced by Ms. Boswell, her son Taylor Hamilton, and Christine Khalafian.
During the 1960s, as the executive director of the National Urban League, Young was one of the few African Americans who had the ears of those who controlled the levers of power: Fortune 500 CEOs, governors, senators, and presidents. He used these relationships to gain better access to employment, education, housing, and healthcare for African Americans, other minorities, and those in need. His unique position and approach earned him praise, but also scorn from the Black Power movement for being too close to the white establishment. While he is less known today than other leaders of the era because of the behind-the-scenes nature of his work, Young’s legacy and influence are still felt profoundly.
WHAT: FREE screening of The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights and Discussion
WHO: Presented by WEDU, Pasco Hernando Community College and ITVS Community Cinema
WHEN: Thursday, February 7th at 6:00pm
WHERE: Pasco Hernando Community College, Room A-139
11415 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34601
WEDU PBS is West Central Florida’s primary PBS station and public media company reaching 16 counties through media platforms including on-air programming and online experiences that broaden horizons, transport and transform and open gateways to new ideas and new worlds. Financially supported by the community, the organization offers a wealth of award-winning inspirational, educational and enlightening content over a variety of media platforms including: television programming, station’s website, wedu.org and various social media platforms, monthly member magazine Premiere, educational outreach activities and a myriad of special events. WEDU’s focus on the local community has resulted in the station being regarded as a beacon of trust for men, women and children of every walk of life no matter their age, ethnicity or socio-economic status. WEDU is a treasured community resource; a window to the world for the homebound and a vital educational source for the youngest members of society. WEDU prides itself on its position in the Tampa Bay community as a leader, partner, informed citizen and a member of PBS, the most trusted institution in America (ORC International’s DualFrame CARAVAN, January 2014). For more information, program schedules or to support WEDU PBS, visit wedu.org, WEDU Public Media on Facebook and Twitter or call 813.254.9338.
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