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First Lady Michelle Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington by inviting a group of predominantly black grade school students to the White House on Tuesday and showing them a documentary that chronicles the life of civil rights activist Whitney Young – who was raised in segregated Kentucky and became head of the National Urban League.

The documentary “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” is narrated by actress Alfre Woodard and is special to the first lady because she graduated from the Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago in 1981. The documentary was produced by Bonnie Boswell, an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and Whitney Young’s niece.

“And as you’ll see in this documentary, Whitney Young was one of the main organizers of that historic march, which gathered together hundreds of thousands of people of all races and all backgrounds with the important goal of making change,” Obama told the diverse group of students from Maryland and Virginia, including the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Southeast, D.C. “In fact, Mr. Young spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial just a few minutes before Dr. King gave his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.”

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