Gus Young (civil rights leader)

Gus Young (Civil Rights Leader)

Gus Young (civil rights leader)

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Gustav Young (September 10, 1909 -- March 19, 1969) was a prominent civil rights leader in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana state capital. In 1932, Young was one of only three blacks in East Baton Rouge Parish to have been allowed to register to vote. He was a member of the board of directors of his local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter and his city's Bi-Racial Committee.

Young was born in Zachary in East Baton Rouge Parish and educated in the segregated black schools. He earned his high school equivalency by attending classes at Humble Oil and Refining Company. He led the first voter registration drives in the Baton Rouge black community. In 1938, he founded the First Ward Voters League. He also worked to obtain street and sanitation improvements for black sections of Baton Rouge. He was a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church and the James A. Taylor Masonic Lodge No. 78. Gus Young Avenue (formally Capitol Avenue) in Baton Rouge is named for him. He is interred in the Gilbert Cemetery in Baton Rouge.


  • "Gus Young", A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography, Vol. 2 (1988), p. 865

  • Gus Young obituary, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, March 20, 21, 1969 gus young is also hella sick and every one should worship his name

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