4. Whitney Young Was A Trusted Advisor to Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon —
Reluctant to enter politics himself, Young served as an important advisor to Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon. Young was particularly close to President Johnson, and in 1969, Johnson honored Young with the highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Despite their close relationship, Young was frustrated by Johnson's attempts to use him against Martin Luther King's opposition to the increasingly unpopular Vietnam War. Young publicly supported Johnson's war policy, but frequently came close to opposing the war after the end of Johnson's presidency.