LA Dreamers: Our African-American Pioneers – Whitney Young

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Whitney Young’s national presence in the fight for civil rights makes him an L.A. Dreamer.

As president of the National Urban League, he expanded the organization’s annual budget from $325,000 to $6.1 million.

This master mediator is credited with persuading corporate America to help fund the civil rights movement.

In 1969, Young was awarded the National Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor.

He died in a swimming accident that same year.

But this L.A. Dreamer’s influence is still seen in the national monuments and institutions across the nation named in his honor.

To find out more about Whitney Young and other L.A. pioneers, the Los Angeles Urban League has a special free exhibit.

It’s called “The 90 That Build L.A.” For more information, go to

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