● Whitney M. Young Jr.:
Whitney Moore Young Jr. was born July 31, 1921 in Shelby County, Kentucky. From a young age he showed great promise in education. He went on to study at Kentucky State University, University of Minnesota for his masters, where he began volunteering for the National Urban League in 1947. In 1950, he became the youngest president of National Urban League’s Omaha, Nebraska chapter while teaching at the University of Nebraska. In 1961 he became the Executive Director of the National Urban League expanding and turning the organization into one that aggressively fought for equity regarding Black people. He held this position until his unfortunate death while travelling in Lagos, Nigeria March 11, 1971.