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Monday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

Independent Lens: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight For Civil Rights 10 p.m., Channel 2

While a few names from the Civil Rights Movement are always rendered in bold, many men and women fought for equal rights. This documentary trains the spotlight on Whitney Young, who led the
National Urban League from 1961 until his death in 1971 at age 49. Executive produced by Young’s niece Bonnie Boswell — a Harvard and MIT grad and “20/20” producer — and narrated by Alfre Woodard, the film chronicles the ways in which Young helped convince the nation’s most powerful (including those on Wall Street and in
the Oval Office) to aid the movement. Talking heads discussing his lasting legacy include Donald Rumsfeld, Vernon Jordan, and Harvard’s Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. Pictured: Young with President Johnson.

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