Independent Lens 1999 | TV Show Watchlist

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."

Watch Soon
Monday
Feb 15
10:00pm
PBS
Wednesday
Feb 17
4:00am
PBS
Saturday
Feb 20
10:00pm
PBS

Next On TVSee all »

Cast & Details See all »

  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films. (more)

Show More »