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Library offers preview of civil rights documentary

Next screening in free film series Sat.

Sequoya Library will offer a community screening of a documentary on a civil rights leader in advance of its PBS debut.

"The Powerbroker" by Bonnie Boswell will be shown 1-3 p.m. at Sequoya Library Saturday.

The film profiles Whitney M. Young Jr., an American civil rights leader. As executive director of the National Urban League, he took the struggle for equality directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. 

More about the "The Powerbroker" from the filmmaker's website:

Biographer Nancy Weiss Malkiel called [Whitney Young Jr.] “the inside man of the black revolution.” By challenging America's business and political communities directly, 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.

Event organizers said the film will be presented by Kaleem Caire, president and CEO of Urban League of Greater Madison.

The Community Cinema series is a combination effort by Madison Public Library and The Independent Television Service that features a sneak peek of several documentaries set to broadcast on PBS's "Independent Lens" series.

Madison Public Library will screen Community Cinema's films monthly through May at the Sequoya Library on the third Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. Find more about the series through Madison Libraries online.

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