Whitney Moore Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated – and controversial – African American civil rights leader, who spearheaded the drive for equal opportunity for African-Americans in the U.S. industry and government service during his 10 years as head of the National Urban League (1961–71). In just one year he placed 40,000 African-Americans in jobs. Read more.
Ten Powerful Quotes by Whitney M. Young Jr.
“Support the strong, give courage to the timid, remind the indifferent, and warn the opposed.”
“Every man is our brother, and every man’s burden is our own. Where poverty exists, all are poorer. Where hate flourishes, all are corrupted. Where injustice reins, all are unequal.”
“It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.”
“We create an environment where it is alright to hate, to steal, to cheat, and to lie if we dress it up with symbols of respectability, dignity and love.”
“Our ability to create has outreached our ability to use wisely the products of our invention.”
“Black is beautiful when it is a slum kid studying to enter college, when it is a man learning new skills for a new job, or a slum mother battling to give her kids a chance for a better life. But white is beautiful, too, when it helps change society to make our system work for black people also. White is ugly when it oppresses blacks-and so is black ugly when black people exploit other blacks. No race has a monopoly on vice or virtue, and the worth of an individual is not related to the color of his skin.”
“The hardest work in the world is being out of work.”
“Black Power simply means: Look at me, I’m here. I have dignity. I have pride. I have roots. I insist, I demand that I participate in those decisions that affect my life and the lives of my children. It means that I am somebody.”
“Stretch your mind and fly.”
“You can holler, protest, march, picket and demonstrate, but somebody must be able to sit in on the strategy conferences and plot a course. There must be strategies, the researchers, the professionals to carry out the program. That’s our role.”