African Americans on Postage Stamps

Whitney Moore Young

Civil Rights Leader

15-cent Whitney Moore Young stamp
The Whitney Moore Young stamp was issued January 30, 1981.

"The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self."
—Whitney Young

Whitney Moore Young, Jr. was a moderate civil rights leader who urged African Americans to work within the system. He served as executive director of the National Urban League for 10 years. In 1969, he received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

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