Militant Mediator: Whitney M. Young Jr.

Militant Mediator: Whitney M. Young Jr.

by Dennis C. Dickerson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813190819

ISBN-13: 9780813190815

Pub. Date: 09/15/2007

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

During the turbulent 1960s, civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr. devised a new and effective strategy to achieve equality for African Americans. Young blended interracial mediation with direct protest, demonstrating that these methods pursued together were the best tactics for achieving social, economic, and political change. Militant Mediator is a

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During the turbulent 1960s, civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr. devised a new and effective strategy to achieve equality for African Americans. Young blended interracial mediation with direct protest, demonstrating that these methods pursued together were the best tactics for achieving social, economic, and political change. Militant Mediator is a powerful reassessment of this key and controversial figure in the civil rights movement. It is the first biography to explore in depth the influence Young's father, a civil rights leader in Kentucky, had on his son. Dickerson traces Young's swift rise to national prominence as a leader who could bridge the concerns of deprived blacks and powerful whites and mobilize the resources of the white America to battle the poverty and discrimination at the core of racial inequality. Alone among his civil rights colleagues -- Martin Luther King Jr., Roy Wilkins, James Farmer, John Lewis, and James Forman -- Young built support from black and white constituencies. As a National Urban League official in the Midwest and as a dean of the School of Social Work at Atlanta University during the 1940s and 1950s, Young developed a strategy of mediation and put it to work on a national level upon becoming the executive director of the League in 1961. Though he worked with powerful whites, Young also drew support from middle-and working-class blacks from religious, fraternal, civil rights, and educational organizations. As he navigated this middle ground, though, Young came under fire from both black nationalists and white conservatives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813190815
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
09/15/2007
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1As the Twig Is Bent8
2Growing Up with Jim Crow24
3Maturing in Minnesota35
4Becoming a Leader56
5An Activist Educator88
6Crossroads116
7Retooling the League135
8Maintaining a Middle Ground161
9Humanizing the City184
10Corporate Philanthropy and Civil Rights207
11Washington Insider237
12On the War Front269
13The Ties That Bind283
14Home to Africa311
Epilogue318
Notes320
Bibliography362
Index371

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