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Whitney M. Young, Jr. (1921-1971)
Moore Young, Jr., was the son of a Kentucky educator. He graduated from
Kentucky State College at 18 and became a high school teacher and coach.
From 1942 to 1944, while in the U.S. Army, he studied engineering at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After his discharge, he received
an MSW from the University of Minnesota (1947) and began to work with
the Urban League in Minnesota . He became executive secretary of the
Urban League in Omaha , Nebraska (1950), taught social work at the University
of Nebraska and Creighton University , and became dean of the Atlanta
University School of Social Work (1954).
Peebles-Wilkins, W. (1995). Young, Whitney Moore Jr. In R.L. Edwards (Ed.-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of Social Work (19th ed., Vol. 3, pp. 2618-2619). Washington , DC : NASW Press.