WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is calling civil rights leader Whitney Young one of the "unsung heroes" who helped make a more fair and just society.
The first lady spoke Tuesday before a screening of the documentary "The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights." It follows Young's rise from segregated Kentucky to leader of the National Urban League during the 1960s.
Mrs. Obama says, in her words, "For every Dr. King, there's a Whitney Young."
Mrs. Obama graduated from the Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago in 1981.
She is scheduled to join President Barack Obama as he makes a speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Wednesday. Young was one of the organizers for the 1963 march.