Free + open to the public; RSVP requested
FAY DARMAWI, SFUFF / TAYLOR HAMILTON, "THE POWERBROKER"
5:30 PM: Check-in
6:00 PM: Program begins
6:15 PM: Screening
7:15 PM: Fay Darmawi in conversation with Taylor Hamilton
7:45 PM: Audience Q + A
Join us for this film screening of "The Power Broker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights" (2013; 55 min) as part of the ongoing programs during the "50 Years After Whitney Young Jr." exhibition which will be on view during this program.
Fay Darmawi, founder and executive producer of the San Francisco Urban Film Festival (SFUFF), will be in conversation with Taylor Hamilton, co-director and producer of “The Powerbroker” and great nephew of Whitney Young, Jr., who will talk about the film as well as his experiences growing up hearing stories about the Young family’s maxims for thriving in America: “Don’t get mad get smart” and “Never let a man drag you so low as to hate him.”
During the 1960s, as the executive director of the National Urban League, Whitney Young was one of the few African Americans who had the ear of those who controlled the levers of power: Fortune 500 CEOs, governors, senators, and presidents. He used these relationships to gain better access to employment, education, housing, and healthcare for African Americans, other minorities, and those in need. His unique position and approach earned him praise, but also scorn from the Black Power movement for being too close to the white establishment. While he is less known today than other leaders of the era because of the behind-the-scenes nature of his work, Young's legacy and influence are still felt profoundly. Narrated by Alfre Woodard ("Primal Fear"), "The Powerbroker" is executive produced by Young's niece, Emmy(R) Award-winning journalist Bonnie Boswell and produced by Ms. Boswell, her son, Taylor Hamilton, and Christine Khalafian.
Note: This program is for discussion purposes only, and does not necessarily reflect the opinions and/or positions of AIASF or its Board of Directors.