Whitney Moore Young Jr. (July 31, 1921 – March 11, 1971) was an American civil rights leader. Trained as a social worker, 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 worked for equitable access to socioeconomic opportunity for the historically disenfranchised.
He was responsible for greatly expanding the size of the organization while overseeing the racial integration of corporate workplaces.
Whitney Young Jr. was an American civil rights activist who as the head of the National Urban League helped secure the socio-economic freedom for many blacks in the US.
Young was a social worker who strove during his lifetime to end discrimination in the workplace and provide equal access to economic opportunity for those deprived and socially marginalized.