Whitney M. Young was an educator, humanitarian, author and civil rights leader, Whitney M. Young, Jr. dedicated his life to the full participation of African Americans in the nation’s economic and political systems. For more than two decades, he led the National Urban League in its effort to improve the economic status of African Americans. Young accomplished this by working within the economic and political systems to achieve equal opportunities.
On March 11, 1971, Whitney M. Young, Jr. died while attending the African American Dialogue (a Conference held to strengthen the relationship between people of African descent throughout the Diaspora) in Lagos, Nigeria. Through the Conference, the African American community at The Wharton School acknowledges and memorializes the contributions and ideals of Whitney M. Young, Jr.
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