Whitney M. Young, Sr., was born September 26, 1897, in Midway, Kentucky, the son of Anne and Taylor Young. He was united in marriage to the former Laura E. Ray and was the father of Arnita, Whitney, Jr., and Eleanor. Whitney attended Lincoln Institute, Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky, Louisville Municipal College, and Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Young served in the United States Army during World War I. Following his service, he worked as an Engineer for the Detroit United Railway. His education career began at Lincoln Institute where he taught engineering, coached football, and became the first black president of that institution in 1935, where he remained until retirement in 1966. His entire life was dedicated to educating youth. His 39 years of service to black youth is a fitting memorial to this outstanding man.
Dr. Young was a recipient of innumerable appointments, awards, and degrees. He received a number of appointments to special committees from various U.S. Presidents. Some of these included: Citizens Committee for the Implementation of Civil Rights Law, Committee on the National Budget, Consultation Committee, and member of the Chief Justice’s Housing Commission. Other appointments included the State Library Commission, and the Commission on Adult Education. He was also President of the Kentucky Negro Education Association and a member of the Southern Association for the Accreditation of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Much of his life was devoted to involvement in civic and social organizations. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Psi Boulé, Red Cross Hospital board, and the Whitney M. Young, Jr. National Foundation.
Dr. Young passed away in 1975.