From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Young, Whitney M., Sr.

(born: 1897  -  died: 1975) 

Young was born in Paynes Depot, KY, the son of Anne and Taylor Young. He became the first African American director of Lincoln Institute and kept the school from being closed with his Faith Plan. Young had attended grade school in Zion Hill and was a graduate of Lincoln Institute, Louisville Municipal College, and Fisk University. He was also two time President of the Kentucky Negro Educational Association and received committee appointments from U.S. presidents. Whitney Young, Sr., was the husband of Laura R. Young and the father of Eleanor Young, Arnita Young Boswell, and Whitney Young, Jr. Whitney Young, Sr.'s papers are at Kentucky State University. For more see the Kentucky Encyclopedia 2000The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians by A. A. Dunnigan; and "Whitney M. Young Sr. dies in Louisville at 77," Jet, 09/04/1975, p.46 [article and photo available full view at Google Book Search].

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