A Civil Rights leader, Bro. Isaac W. Young was born January 2, 1874, in Glencoe, #Louisiana, to John and Elizabeth Young. He attended the Methodist schools Baldwin Academy and Gilbert Industrial School and acquired his medical degree at #NewOrleansUniversity’s Flint Medical School. He also acquired a doctor of letters degree from #WileyCollege in #Texas. Young held the distinction of being #Oklahoma’s only #AfricanAmerican #otolaryngologist (ear, eye, nose, and throat doctor) in 1920.
He served two controversial terms as president of Oklahoma Colored Agricultural and Normal University (now Langston University) from 1923 to 1927 and from 1931 to 1934.
Brother Young, was also a friend and appointee of Governor William H. Murray, he improved the library, Science Department, and other buildings on what had become a 320 acre campus. During his tenure the curriculum shifted from manual and technical training to arts and sciences. Under his guidance Langston became an accredited university.
Often called the “Father of Black Democracy,” Bro. Young held sway as Oklahoma’s undisputed black Civil Rights leader of Negro Democrats in the 1920s and 1930s. Young called for social and political reform of Oklahoma’s status quo for marginalized blacks. Because of his influence, he was often called “the Black Governor.” He personally campaigned for John C. “Jack” Walton’s 1922 Democratic gubernatorial run, focusing on the black farmers and union workers, and succeeded in securing more black votes for Walton than had ever before voted in prior Oklahoma elections.
Organizer of the Louisiana Medical Association, he also served as first president of the Association and as mayor of #Boley, and he headed many fraternal associations including the #GrandUnitedOrderofOddfellows.
During World War I, he was appointed chairman of the black Oklahoma County Four Minute Speakers Bureau, and he also trained #RedCross nurses. Young was chairperson of the Oklahoma Welfare Association, president of the Negro Democratic State Convention, and chairperson of the National Democratic Negro Voters League.
He did more by 25 than many do in a lifetime!