- NAME: Whitney Young Jr.
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist
- BIRTH DATE: July 31, 1921
- DEATH DATE: March 11, 1971
- EDUCATION: Lincoln Institute, Harvard University, Kentucky State Industrial College, University of Minnesota, School of Social Work, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky
- PLACE OF DEATH: Lagos, Nigeria
- Full Name: Whitney Moore Young Jr.
- AKA: Whitney M. Young Jr.
- AKA: Whitney Moore Young
- AKA: Whitney M. Young
- AKA: Whitney Young Jr.
- AKA: Whitney Young
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Civil rights leader Whitney Young Jr., head of the National Urban League, was at the forefront of racial integration and African-American economic empowerment.
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Young died on March 11, 1971, at the age of 49, while attending a conference in Lagos, Nigeria. He is believed to have drowned while swimming at a beach. (There was some initial conflict about the cause of death, with the Nigerian coroner's office stating Young had suffered a brain hemorrhage.)
Biographies on the leader's life include Whitney M. Young Jr. and the Struggle for Civil Rights (1989) by Nancy Weiss, and Militant Mediator (1998) by Dennis C. Dickerson. And in 2013,
PBS aired the documentary The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights.
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