Community Cinema: The Powerbroker

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The Fayetteville Public Library in partnership with AETN and KUAF Radio will host-Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series featuring films from the Emmy award winning PBS series Independent Lens. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the films. Each film will be followed by a panel discussion with leading organizations, local community members and guest speakers. The programs are free and open to the public.

On Sunday, February 17th at 2:00pm in the Walker Community Room The Fayetteville Public Library will screen the film The Powerbroker, a film that highlights Whitney Young. "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." 

A panel discussion following the film will feature Dr. Gordon Morgan and Dr. Calvin White.

Having received his master’s degree in 1956, Morgan is noted as the first African American graduate from the University of Arkansas. Since he started teaching at the university, Morgan has taught sociology and published several books and articles about Arkansas culture, the University of Arkansas and other topics. He received the Silas Hunt Legacy Award and the J. William Fulbright Distinguished Alumni Award, both in 2006, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Fellowship.

Dr. White, Assistant Professor of History and Program Director at the University of Arkansas, recently published The Rise to Respectability: Race, Religion, and the Church of God in Christ with the University of Arkansas Press. He is the recipient of several national fellowships. Dr. White also served as a Gilder-Lehrman Fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York.  Most recently he was named a Fellow of the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program for 2012-2013.  

WHAT: Community Cinema: The Powerbroker screening and discussion
WHEN: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 2pm
WHERE: Walker Community Room