Community Cinema presents "The Powerbroker"

Community Cinema presents "The Powerbroker"

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Whitney Young

Photo credit: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights

Please join us for a free screening of a film that looks at one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders of the civil rights era. 

WXXI is proud to host this free Community Cinema Series film, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights at 7 p.m at the Little Theatre. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with:Nancy Sung Shelton, William G. Clark, and Dr. Leonard Brock. This event is free and open to the public. Seats are first come, first served.

By challenging America's business and political communities directly, Whitney Young was able to make in-roads where other civil rights leader could not. His efforts to open the doors of equal opportunity were often attacked by the very people he was trying to help. The Powerbroker chronicles the public and private trials of a man navigating a divided society in an explosive time. Years in the making, The Powerbroker, reveals a story that has been overlooked by history. Whitney Young’s niece, Emmy-award winning journalist Bonnie Boswell Hamilton, and her team have gathered never-before-seen archival footage, home movies, family photos, audio tapes of Young, as well as interviews with activists and scholars such as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Vernon Jordan, Dorothy Height, Ossie Davis and John Hope Franklin.

Young’s journey took him from rural Kentucky to the segregated U.S. Army, where he learned his first lessons in negotiating race relations. Back in the States, Young reached out to local businesses, encouraging them to give their African-American neighbors a chance for a job. When he reached national prominence as Executive Director of the National Urban League, he used the same strategy on grander scale. The Powerbroker follows Young as he shuttles between the streets of Harlem and the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, tying the needs of Main Street to the interests of Wall Street. In the Oval Office, Young advised Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, and guided each along a path toward historic change. And through his story, all the pivotal events of the civil rights era – Brown v Board of Education, the March on Washington and the Vietnam War – are seen through the eyes of a man striving to change the established powers the way no one else did could…from within.

This film is part of WXXI's African American Educational Awareness Film Series, now in its 5th year. The series is made possible with support from our sponsors: Pothos Productions, Freedom Trail Commission, WHTK-1280AM What’s Goin on with Brown & Allen, The Community Place of Greater Rochester and Threshold CAPP. Community Cinema is presented by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The film will be followed by a talkback. Panelists include:

Nancy Sung Shelton, a dedicated professional and community advocate, whose mission is to truly be a benefit in the lives of the people that she endeavors to help. She is especially devoted to serving individuals who have been marginalized by society, and have been underserved, underrepresented and economically disadvantaged, working with them so that they can enjoy productive and personally fulfilling lives. Her work experience has included working in the Criminal Justice, Family Law, Child Protection, Human Service, DD/MR and Mental Health systems.  Nancy possesses cultural understanding about the issues that the population in these systems has to contend with and is vigilant to ensure that these individuals receive equitable access to high-quality service. While employed as the Coordinator of the Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program at Threshold Center, she has had the opportunity to work with over 600 Rochester youth, through sexuality education, informing them of how to incorporate safe practices to prevent STI, HIV and teen pregnancy.  

William G. Clark was named President & Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Rochester, NY, Inc. on June 27, 1994.  His career with the League spans 30 years. In 1981, he joined the Urban League as the Manager of Financial and Administrative Services. As the Chief Financial Officer, he was responsible for the oversight and management of the agency's annual operating budget and Black Scholars Endowment Fund.  In 1983, he was promoted to the position of Vice President for Finance and Administration. In addition to this role as the Chief Financial Officer, he assumed the duties of Chief Program Officer and Personnel Administrator. He served in this capacity until January 1, 1994, when he was promoted to interim President & CEO. On June 27, 1994, he was promoted to the position of President & Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Rochester.  During his tenure, Mr. Clark has increased the League's annual operating budget to over $6 million per year. He was instrumental in having the League purchase its headquarters building at 265 North Clinton Avenue and a $750,000 Capital Campaign drive to renovate the building.  Prior to joining the Urban League, he was employed as the General Accounting Manager of the Genesee Hospital, and as an Auditor for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rochester.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from St. John Fisher College and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in accounting from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He currently serves as a Trustee for the Center for Governmental Research and Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He also serves on the Monroe County/Rochester Workforce Investment Board, the JPMorgan Chase Bank National Community Advisory Board, the YMCA of Greater Rochester Board of Directors, the University of Rochester Medical Center Board of Trustees, the Greater Rochester Health Foundation Board of Directors, and the City of Rochester Planning Commission.

Dr. Leonard Brock, Founder/President of Community Empowerment Opportunities, LLC,is a certified leadership coach, scholar-practitioner, consultant, business owner and non-profit executive.  In a short period of time, Dr. Brock has accomplished much; this is evidenced by his impressive educational background and ten plus years of progressive, successful work experience. In May of 2011, Dr. Brock completed the Leadership Coaching Cetificate Program at the University of Rochester and McArdle Ramerman Co.   Dr. Brock earned his Doctorate of Education in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College August of 2009.  In addition, Dr. Brock holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Studies and a Master’s of Public Administration; both obtained from the State University of New York College at Brockport.

Dr. Brock has extensive experience working in human services with inner-city youth and young adults dating back to age 14; serving in direct service, mid-level management, senior management and executive roles.  In addition to his experiences in human services, Dr. Brock also worked two years in higher education as a counselor for academically and financially underprivileged and underrepresented students. Dr. Brock is often sought after for presentations and independent consulting work.  Dr. Brock has provided workshops and presentations to scores of groups and individuals at the university, business, educational, and grassroots level.  These workshops range from leadership development to organizational change to strategic planning.  Additionally, Dr. Brock has contracted with local colleges to conduct research studies and currently serves as faculty for a ResearchInstitution in Rochester, NY.