Unsung Hero of The Civil Rights Movement: PBS Creates Documentary About Whitney Young

February 25, 2013  |  
Credit: AP

From BlackVoices.com

Just before the March on Washington in 1963, President John F. Kennedy summoned six top civil rights leaders to the White House to talk about his fears that civil rights legislation he was moving through Congress might be undermined if the march turned violent.

Whitney Young Jr. cut through the president’s uncertainty with three questions: “President Kennedy, which side are you on? Are you on the side of George Wallace of Alabama? Or are you on the side of justice?”

One of those leaders, John Lewis, later a longtime congressman from Georgia, tells the story of Young’s boldness in “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” a documentary airing during Black History Month on the PBS series “Independent Lens” and shown in some community theaters.

Read more at BlackVoices.com.

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  • Taj

    Why is this just being posted when it already premiered Feb. 18th?

  • Guest

    I was blessed to view this documentary at the History Museum. He makes some valid points. Some of struggle were jelly makers like King. Some were tree shakers like Malcolm and the Panthers. It took both sides of the coin to get the job done. After the tree shakers rattled cages, the powers that be saw the jelly makers as a much more welcome option. After not being appreciated in his time, his plan of engaging power brokers and getting blacks in top spots is how far we come nowdays we are CEOs, head coaches, POTUS, etc.