Whitney Moore Young, Jr.
Educator and Civil Rights Advocate
"Support the strong, give courage to the timid, remind the indifferent, and warn
-Whitney M. Young, Jr.-
The civil rights movement in the United States was a significant era for African Americans. Offically beginning in the 1950's, the civil rights movement sought to create equality among all Americans. Often marked with civil unrest and violence, African Americans were denied many privileges such as the right to vote, open access to public facilities, and opportunities in employment, housing, and education. Many African Americans, especially in the South, experienced violence not only from ordinary citizens, but from police officers who are sworn to protect and to serve. Not experiencing justice from local law enforcement and the judicial system, civil rights advocates united to form coalitions to change existing laws and policies. Their efforts to address the daily struggles and often inhumane treatment faced by African Americans did not go unnoticed (Civil Rights). One prominent African American civil rights leader in the state of Kentucky was Whitney Moore Young, Jr.