The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga in conjunction with WTCI PBS will celebrate Black History Month with a community screening of The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights, Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. at Green Spaces, located at 63 East Main Street, Chattanooga, Tn. 37408.
The film follows Whitney Young's journey from segregated Kentucky to the national campaign for equal rights. During the turbulent 60s, 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.
“As head of the National Urban League, Whitney M. Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders of the civil rights era, said Mr. Warren E. Logan, Jr., president and CEO. “Unique among black leaders, he took the fight for racial equality and social justice directly to the powerful elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents.”
The event is free and open to the public—reservations are required due to limited seating. For reserved seating call the Urban League at 423 756-1762 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.