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The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights 

Whitney Young was one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders of the civil rights era. As head of the National Urban League, he fought for the rights of thousands but was often criticized by the very people he was trying to help.

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Whitney Young was the man in the middle between white and black, rich and poor during one of the most turbulent times in American history. As the executive director of the National Urban League during the 1960s, Young formed relationships with politicians, CEOs, and those who held the majority of power in order to build a bridge between them and the minorities who suffered without healthcare, employment, or proper education. Placing himself in the line of fire from not only white people, but also the Black Power movement for his closeness to the white establishment, Young helped erase African American stereotypes and open opportunities for minorities that continue to influence diversity in American today.

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Young was a forward on the Kentucky State University basketball team. See more »

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Whitney Young: The hardest work in the world is being out of work.
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