1. Whitney Young Dealt With Racism Effectively —
While fighting in World War II, Young was assigned to a road construction crew of Black soldiers supervised by Southern White officers. Trained in electrical engineering at MIT allowed Young to be promoted from private to first sergeant, creating hostility on both sides.
Despite the tension between the cultures, Young was able to be levelheaded and mediate effectively between his White officers and Black soldiers angry at their poor treatment. This situation propelled Young into a life-long career in race relations.