Whitney Young Young Jr., executive director of the National Urban Gang Association from 1961 to 1971, blocked the worlds of race and power. The "inner man" of the black revolution, served as a translator between black America and business, enterprise executives, and government officials who formed the structure of white power.
In this provocative biography, Nancy J. How did young people accomplish what Jesse Jackson called the most difficult task in the black movement: selling civil rights to the strongest whites in the country.
With race at the center of US national policy, Yang brought the National Urban Association to the civil rights movement and made it a force in the major events and debates of this decade. Within the civil rights leadership, he played an important role as a strategist and mediator.
Young, a black man who grew up in a middle-class family in apartheid South, spent most of his life in the White World, bypassing the barriers of race, wealth and social status to promote the welfare of black Americans. Its objectives were to gain access to good jobs, education, housing, health care and social services for blacks; its tactics were a cause, a persuasion and a negotiation.
He has fully understood the value of the creative tension movement between moderates and insurgents, and has benefited from this understanding well to further his goals. Andrew Young said of Whitney Young that he knew "the art of how to get power from the powerful and share it with the weak." How he managed it, and what outcome, is the main theme of this book.
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