Civil rights leaders are involved in helping poor people. That’s what I’ve been doing all my life.

Everybody in America has been dependent on the government at some time. We owe everybody in America the right to vote and access to capital. What I say is, let’s make America work, let’s make democracy and free enterprise work for everybody.



“From a young age- and guided by the perennial truth that our journey as a nation depends on selfless and engaged citizens who step forward and speak out to guard the values that make us who we are- Ambassador Young set out to make his life one of impact. And, decades of serving his neighbors near and far later, he maintains a steadfast devotion of that intention.

Today we all stand on the shoulders of giants who helped move us toward a more perfect union. And Ambassador Young is one of those giants. He organized, agitated, and advocated for change, and he led the collective efforts of generations who challenged our country’s conscience. Ambassador Young wielded love stronger than hate and hope more powerful than insult or injury. He fought to build a nation where no one is a second- class citizen and no one is denied basic rights.” President Barack Obama



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