In Chicago, the name Whitney Young is synonymous with excellence. Whether it's Whitney Young High School or other buildings, the name is reserved for special places. In Chatham, we have Whitney Young library at 7900 S King Drive. The building was considered state of the art when built. Now in 2013, we are looking forward to the building of the new Whitney Young library which will be a state of the art building.
My question is do you know who he is and what he did? For those who don't you will have an opportunity to find out. The Chicago Urban League and the Dusable Museum will host a community screening on his life. The event is as follows:
The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight For Civil Rights
Chicago Urban League
January 17, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)
740 E 56th Place
A description of the documentary
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. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight for racial equality and social justice directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents.
The Powerbroker 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.
Immediately following the film, Andrea L. Zopp, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League will facilitate a discussion with Bonnie Boswell, Young’s niece and the film’s executive producer.
The documentary will air later on PBS and is a must for all our young people.