Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award Recipients Announced

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The Whitney Young Jr. Service Award is named on behalf of Whitney Young, Jr. a prominent social reformer and civil rights leaders.

Born in 1922 in Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky, he earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. In 1954, he became Dean of the Atlanta School of Social Work.  He is the author of To Be Equal and Beyond Racism. 

Mr. Young was honored as the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, He worked quietly to improve African-Americans’ condition in the community at the workplace. While a visiting scholar at Harvard University, he was named Executive Director of the Urban League, a position that he held until his untimely passing in 1971.

The National Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award is designed to recognize “unsung heroes”- people or organizations who extend exceptional service to others as Whitney Young exemplified through his life.

The mission of this award is to celebrate community resources in support of youth and community collaborations.

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