Howard Zinn Remembers Whitney Young Jr.

President Johnson with Young and King. Source: National Urban League.

Whitney Young Jr. (seat on right) became a personal advisor to President Lyndon Johnson, working alongside other historic civil rights leaders, to help pass the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Source: Urban League of Nebraska.

Whitney Young Jr. (July 31, 1921 – March 11, 1971) was a civil rights leader and head of the National Urban League. In the documentary The Powerbroker (2013), Howard Zinn recalls working with Young on desegregation efforts in the South:

You can learn this from Whitney: that it’s possible to have an important post and still move out from that and join whatever movement is going on for social justice. I think that’s something people can learn.

 

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