Today in History: Civil Rights Leader Whitney Young Jr Was Born

Whitney Young Jr

On this day in 1921, Civil Rights Leader  Whitney m Young Jr, was Born.

Young was born in Shelby County, Kentucky.

He spent most of his career working to end employment discrimination in the United States and turning the National Urban League from a relatively passive civil rights organization into one that aggressively fought for equitable access to socioeconomic opportunity for the historically disenfranchised.

On March 11, 1971, Whitney Young drowned while swimming with friends in Lagos, Nigeria, where he was attending a conference sponsored by the African-American Institute.

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