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Independent Lens

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Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films.

Premiered: August 9, 1999

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 14, Episode 8 The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights

First Aired: February 18, 2013

Remembering Whitney Young, who led the National Urban League from 1961 until his death in 1971 at age 49. During those years, he played a pivotal role in expanding access to jobs, education and housing for blacks, primarily by forging personal relationships with business and political leaders. That approach led to criticism from some activists, who accused him of being a sellout. But as President Nixon observed at Young's funeral, "He knew how to accomplish what other people were merely for."