50 Years After Whitney Young Jr.


Few individuals have had as long and lasting an impact on The American Institute of Architects as Whitney M. Young Jr., the civil rights leader and esteemed executive director of the National Urban League during the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s.

From his momentous speech at the 1968 AIA National Convention to the subsequent award that bears his name, Young’s legacy has reshaped the world of architecture for half a century, offering architects a new perspective on the built environment.

An exhibit recognizing architects and organizations who tirelessly advocate and champion social issues is currently on display at the Octagon Museum, April 26-November 24.

The Octagon is open every Thursday-Saturday from 1-4 pm. Entry is free, and no tour appointment is necessary.

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Image credits

Whitney M. Young Jr at the Civil Rights March on Washington

US National Archives