2. Whitney Young Added Bark to National Urban League's Bite —
The Urban League had traditionally been a cautious and moderate organization with many White members. In 1961, at age 40, Whitney Young became Executive Director of the National Urban League. Within the first four years of his tenure, he expanded the organization from 38 employees to 1,600 employees; and from an annual budget of $325,000 to one of $6,100,000. He remained the President of the National Urban League from 1961 until his death in 1971.
Bringing them prominently into the spotlight of the Civil Rights movement, Young initiated programs like "Street Academy," an alternative education system to developed to prepare high school dropouts for college, and "New Thrust," an effort to help local Black leaders identify and solve community problems.