President Kennedy (in rocking chair) meets with National Urban League Executive Director Whitney M. Young, center, and president Henry Steeger in the president's Living Room of the White House in Washington, on Jan. 23, 1962. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., tells the story of Young’s boldness in dealing with civil rights issues in “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight For Civil Rights” a documentary airing during Black History Month on PBS’ Independent Lens and shown in some community theaters.
President Kennedy (in rocking chair) meets with National Urban League Executive Director Whitney M. Young, center, and president Henry Steeger in the president's Living Room of the White House in Washington, on Jan. 23, 1962. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., tells the story of Young’s boldness in dealing with civil rights issues in “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight For Civil Rights” a documentary airing during Black History Month on PBS’ Independent Lens and shown in some community theaters.
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published Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
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WASHINGTON — Just before the March on Washington in 1963, President John F. Kennedy summoned six top civil rights leaders to the White House to talk about his fears that civil rights legislation he was moving through Congress might be undermined if the march turned violent.

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