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Dr. Walter Young

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo, Crab (Softshell)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/18/1934
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo, Crab (Softshell)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/18/1934
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Dentist and civil rights activist Dr. Walter Fuller Young was born on August 18, 1934, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Daisy Valentine Fuller Young and Andrew Jackson Young, a dentist. Young attended Valeda C. Jones School with his brother Andrew Young. He later attended Gilbert Academy and then went on to attend and graduate from Princeton High School in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1951. Young earned his B.A. degree from Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio in 1955. Following in his father’s footsteps, Young studied dentistry at Howard University Dental School.

After a stint as a dentist in the United States Navy, Young returned to New Orleans, where his father had practiced, established his dental practice and taught at Dillard University. At the same time, Young became an active supporter of the All African Students Association’s lunch counter sit-ins at New Orleans’ downtown Woolworth’s and at other New Orleans businesses from 1961 to 1964. During that same period, Young was introduced to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by his brother, SCLC’s Rev. Andrew Young. Moving to Atlanta in 1978, Young joined his brother and worked to address the issues of dental health maintenance and the establishment of dental programs in schools, churches and organizations in the Atlanta area. Young’s dental practice has been active in the same location for twenty-eight years. He is a member of the North Georgia Dental Society and the American Dental Association. Young is owner and president of Young International Development Corporation and serves as a director of Jamaica Communications, Datacom International, Inc., and Health Management Decisions.

As a member of the City of Atlanta Blue Ribbon Committee on Equal Business Opportunity, Young is involved in a number of civic and community programs. He is a consultant to the Osaka American Club of Japan, American Computer Technology in Atlanta, Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, and Grady Healthcare in Atlanta. Possessing a keen interest in African American history, Young is honorary consul general for Liberia and has traveled extensively on the African continent. In 2004, Atlanta’s Southwest YMCA was named for Young and his brother, Andrew.

Young is married to event planner, Sonjia Young, and is father to five children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Walter Young lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Walter Young describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Walter Young recalls his maternal uncle who passed for white
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Walter Young describes his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Walter Young describes his family life as a child in New Orleans
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Walter Young describes his mother's education in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Walter Young describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Walter Young describes his parents and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Walter Young describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Walter Young describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Walter Young recalls fights from his childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Walter Young recalls the role of music in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Walter Young describes his father's dental practice in New Orleans
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Walter Young describes his grade school experiences in New Orleans
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Walter Young recalls traveling with his family during childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Walter Young describes his experiences at Princeton High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Walter Young describes his experiences at Baldwin-Wallace College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Walter Young describes his experiences at Baldwin-Wallace College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Walter Young recalls attending Howard University College of Dentistry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Walter Young talks about African American leaders at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Walter Young recalls Africans' involvement in New Orleans' Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Walter Young talks about New Orleans' Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Walter Young describes his friendships with the King family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Walter Young describes the Civil Rights Movement after Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Walter Young describes his humanitarian involvement in Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Walter Young talks about how his childhood prepared him for success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Walter Young describes his involvement with the Young Men's Christian Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Walter Young recalls serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Walter Young describes his work in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Walter Young recalls the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children cases
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Walter Young describes his diplomatic and business pursuits in Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Walter Young describes his collaborations with Liberia's presidents
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Walter Young describes his support for Liberians in the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Walter Young talks about how U.S. immigration laws affect Liberians
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Walter Young describes his involvement in Atlanta's politics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Walter Young talks about his dental career in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Walter Young talks about immigrant owned businesses in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Walter Young describes his hopes and concerns for the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Walter Young narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Walter Young narrates his photographs, pt. 2