The Whitney M. Young Society
Founded on December 12, 2013, by Urban League President & CEO Michael McMillan, the Whitney M. Young Society honors outstanding donors, those giving $500 to over $5000 in unrestricted revenue for Urban League programs and services.
McMillan named the Society in honor of the great Civil Rights Icon and Former National Urban League President/CEO Whitney M. Young, who served the Urban League from 1961-1971. Born and raised in Kentucky, Young’s experience of racism while serving in an anti-aircraft company with African American soldiers and white officers during WWII increased his interest in civil rights. Under Young’s leadership at the National, the agency grew from 60 to 98 affiliates.