1921- Born in Lincoln Ridge, Ky.; birth of a US civil rights leader and a social worker and educator who became executive director of the National Urban League
1947 -After military service during World War II, he earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota.
1947-1954 -He helped positions with the National Urban League
1954 -He became dean of the Graduate School of Social Work at Atlanta University.
1961-1971 -He served as Director of the Urban League.
-He improved the Africa-American employment opportunities through anti-poverty job training programs; in the face of severe criticism from African-American militants, he favored cooperation rather than confrontation.
-Under his leadership the Urban league grew dramatically and secured millions of dollars in corporate contributions for the organization's programs.
1971- Died on March 11
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- "We create an environment where it is alright to hate, to steal, to cheat, and to lie if we dress it up with symbols of respectability, dignity and love."