Economic Perspectives with Hopeton Hay on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, TX

Black History Month Feature – Whitney Young, National Urban League

Posted by Hopeton on February 7, 2011

Young was executive director of the National Urban League from 1961 – 1971. Under his leadership, the National Urban League grew from 38 employees to over 1600, becoming a major force in the War on Poverty in the 1960s.  He implemented new skills and job training programs that helped African Americans find employment.  He fought for cities to receive federal assistance to combat the social ills facing African Americans, a strategy President Lyndon Johnson included in his War on Poverty platform.  And he persuaded Corporate America to provide more jobs for African Americans.  For  information on the programs and services of the Austin Area Urban League click here: AAUL.


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